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Spiritual Life

Daily readings: January 9 – 15

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

In Christ we became the beloved of the Father

The word this week

The Baptism of the Lord: Is 42: 1-4 & 6-7; Acts 10: 34-38; Mt 3: 13-17

St Stephen, the first Christian martyr

The Stoning of St Stephen by Paolo Uccello

Saint of the week

St Stephen (December 26) was hauled up before a Jewish court for rejecting sacrificial worship

Daily readings: December 26 – January 8

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Christ’s birth shows that the family is the nursery of salvation

The word this week

The Feasts of the Nativity and Holy Family: Various readings

The Spanish abbot who liberated Christian slaves

The Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos

Saint of the week

St Dominic of Silos (December 20) is an example of the remarkable possibilities open to low-born talent in the medieval Church

Daily readings: December 19 – 25

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

At Christmas we are not bystanders

Nativity, by Philippe de Champaigne (CNS photo/Philipp Bernard, Reunion des Musees Nationaux/Art Resource)

The word this week

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 7:10-14; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24

The saint who was tormented by her conscience

The duomo in Brescia, where St Maria tended to the sick

Saint of the week

St Maria di Rosa (December 15) founded the Handmaids of Charity and died at the age of 42, exhausted by her good works

Daily readings: December 12 – 18

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms