Thought for the Day -21 April – Saturday of the Third Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Conrad of Parzham OFM Cap. (1818-1894)
Resolutions of St Conrad whilst a Novice
1. I resolve in the first place to remain continually
in the presence of God
and to ask myself frequently if I would do this or that,
if my confessor or superior were watching me
and especially if God and my guardian angel were present.
2. I resolve to ask myself, whenever I have to encounter crosses of suffering,
“Conrad, why have you come here?”
3. I resolve to avoid leaving the friary, as far as possible,
unless it be out of love for my neighbour, obedience, reasons of health,
a pious pilgrimage or some other good cause.
4. I resolve to foster fraternal charity in myself and in others.
Therefore, I resolve to take care never to say an unkind word.
I resolve to bear up patiently with the defects and weaknesses of others
and as far as possible, to hide them, with the mantle of charity,
unless I am in duty bound, to manifest them, to someone,
who is in a position to correct them.
5. I resolve to observe silence conscientiously.
I resolve to speak briefly and so avoid many pitfalls
and be better able to converse with God.
6. When at table I resolve to place myself in the presence of God,
as far as I can, to remain recollected and to pass up my favorite dishes
so as to practice a hidden form of mortification.
I resolve not to eat between meals, unless ordered to do so,
7. I resolve to answer the first call of the bell unless legitimately hindered.
8. I resolve to avoid, as far as possible, conversing with the opposite sex
unless obedience imposes duties on me which make it necessary to speak with women.
In that case I resolve to be very reserved and maintain custody of the eyes.
9. I resolve to carry out orders punctually and to the letter.
I resolve especially to make every effort to conquer my own will in all things.
10. I resolve to force myself to pay close attention to minor details
and as far as possible avoid every imperfection.
I resolve to observe the holy rule faithfully
and not to depart from it a hairsbreadth, come what may.
11. I resolve to cultivate a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
and strive to imitate her virtues.
St Conrad of Parzham (1818-1894)
Pray for us!