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The apostle whom Jesus called ‘a son of thunder’

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Saint of the week

St James the Great (July 25) was beheaded on the orders of Herod Agrippa at about 44 AD

Knocking on the door of God’s presence

The word this week

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year: Gen 18:20-32; Col 2:12-14; Luke 11:1-13

Daily readings: July 25 – July 31

The week ahead

Scripture readings for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The martyr whom King Charles II did nothing to help

St John Plessington was born in Garstang, near Preston

Saint of the week

St John Plessington (July 19), a Catholic priest, was hanged, drawn and quartered in 1679

When God revealed himself to a stranger

Arent de Gelder: God and the Angels visit Abraham (c1680-1685)

The word this week

Sixteenth Sunday of the Year: Genesis 18:1-10; Col 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42

Daily readings: July 18 – July 24

The week ahead

Scripture readings for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

St Camillus (July 14)

A statue of St Camillus at St Peter’s Basilica

Saint of the week

Camillus de Lellis founded the Order of the Ministers of the Sick, an organisation which still flourishes around the world

Daily readings: July 11 – July 17

The week ahead

Scripture readings for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

God’s law is not beyond our strength

The word this week

Fifteenth Sunday of the Year: Deut 30:10-14; Col 1:15-20; Luke 10:25-37

St Priscilla – July 8

Saint of the week

Priscilla has become something of a feminist theological icon, on the rather slender grounds afforded in Acts 18 and St Paul’s Epistles