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The priest whose preaching turned Piacenza upside down

A statue of St Andrew Avellino in Milan

Saint of the week

St Andrew Avellino (November 10) adopted an ecclesiastical tonsure as a young man to escape the temptations from women

Daily readings: November 7 – 13

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

We shall not experience life in Christ as disembodied spirits

The word this week

Thirty Second Sunday of the Year: 2 Ma 7:1-2 & 9-14; 2 Thess 2:16- 3:5; Lk 20:27-38

The brother who ‘watched the door’ for 46 years

Saint of the week

St Alphonsus Rodriguez (October 30) began his life in prosperity – but then his world fell to pieces

Daily readings: October 31 – November 6

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

‘What God wants most is that you should become holy’

The word this week

The Solemnity of All Saints: Revelation 7:2-4 & 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12

St Cuthbert of Canterbury, reformer of the English Church

Canterbury, where Cuthbert served as archbishop

Saint of the week

In the eighth century St Cuthbert (October 26) held a synod to improve the moral condition of the English Church

Daily readings: October 24 – 30

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

It is destructive to think we can deepen our relationship with God through virtue

The word this week

Thirtieth Sunday of the Year: Eccl 35:12-14; 2 Tim 4 6-8 & 16-18; Lk 18:9-14

‘I am God’s grain, and I am to be ground by the teeth of wild beasts’

A detail of an icon of the martyrdom of St Ignatius

Saint of the week

St Ignatius of Antioch (October 17) bears remarkable witness to the power of the faith in the early Church