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Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Conrad of Parzham, 04-20-17
FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-20-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM

Posted on 04/20/2017 9:03:44 PM PDT by Salvation

Fr. Don Miller, OFM

 Sculpture of Saint Conrad of Parzham | photo by Andreas PraefckeImage: Sculpture of Saint Conrad of Parzham | photo by Andreas Praefcke

Saint Conrad of Parzham

Saint of the Day for April 20

(December 22, 1818 – April 21, 1894)

 

Saint Conrad of Parzham’s Story

Conrad spent most of his life as porter in Altoetting, Bavaria, letting people into the friary and indirectly encouraging them to let God into their lives.

His parents, Bartholomew and Gertrude Birndorfer, lived near Parzham, Bavaria. In those days, this region was recovering from the Napoleonic wars. A lover of solitary prayer and a peacemaker as a young man, Conrad joined the Capuchins as a brother. He made his profession in 1852 and was assigned to the friary in Altoetting. That city’s shrine to Mary was very popular; at the nearby Capuchin friary there was a lot of work for the porter, a job Conrad held for 41 years.

At first, some of the other friars were jealous that such a young friar held this important job. Conrad’s patience and holy life overcame their doubts. As porter, he dealt with many people, obtaining many of the friary supplies and generously providing for the poor who came to the door. He treated them all with the courtesy Francis expected of his followers.

Conrad’s helpfulness was sometimes unnerving. Once Father Vincent, seeking quiet to prepare a sermon, went up the belltower of the church. Conrad tracked him down when someone wanting to go to confession specifically requested Father Vincent.

Conrad also developed a special rapport with the children of the area. He enthusiastically promoted the Seraphic Work of Charity, which aided neglected children.

Conrad spent hours in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. He regularly asked the Blessed Mother to intercede for him and for the many people he included in his prayers. The ever-patient Conrad was canonized in 1934.


Reflection

As we can see from his life as well as his words, Conrad of Parzham lived a life that attracted others because of a special quality, something Chesterton alluded to when he wrote, “The moment we have a fixed heart we have a free hand.” If we want to understand Conrad, we have to know where he fixed his heart. Because he was united to God in prayer, everyone felt at ease in Conrad’s presence.


The Liturgical Feast of Saint Conrad of Parzham is April 21.



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; saints
Feel free to post additional information about any other saints who might share this feast day.
1 posted on 04/20/2017 9:03:44 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

Saint of the Day Ping!


2 posted on 04/20/2017 9:04:16 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: All
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Conrad of Parzham, 04-20-17
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3 posted on 04/20/2017 9:10:06 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Thanks for this series, Salvation.

Saint Conrad of Parzham, please pray for us.

To echo your own words; help us to love and to suffer, and to meditate upon God's unspeakable love for his rebellious creatures.

Be God's Porter to welcome us into eternal life.

4 posted on 04/21/2017 12:16:49 AM PDT by agere_contra (Please pray for Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: agere_contra

BTTT for Saint Conrad of Parzham!


5 posted on 04/20/2018 4:02:18 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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