Call me a sicko, but I was looking forward to hearing the first reading today on the EWTN Daily Mass. The regular reading for today, Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter, is the end of Acts 7, the stoning of St. Stephen.
Yesterday’s reading left us listening to those who sought to kill Stephen. Today was the conclusion.
I wanted closure.
Instead, I got the ordinary.
And God made it extraordinary.
Today is the feast day of St. Conrad of Parzham, a 19th Century Capuchin priest. EWTN honored St. Conrad today and selected a different Reading and Gospel to commemorate his feast day.
Talk about committing to God. St. Conrad was a porter, essentially a doorman, for nearly forty years of his life. When he wasn’t greeting someone or conversing with them, the legend is that he was almost always praying.
St. Conrad kept life simple. He knew his role. He performed it well.
Although, you can argue that his real role was his prayer life. It was said that he often spent hours a day in Eucharistic Adoration.
I’m lucky if can spare 15 minutes on those rare occasions I get to the chapel at Mundelein Seminary.
Since I rediscovered EWTN several years ago, it has been increasingly difficult for me to ignore it. Specifically, watching or listening to Daily Mass.
EWTN solidified my devotion to the Holy Rosary and introduced me to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
These have become staples in my life. If I leave one of them out of my day, there’s a void.
Do I feel like I failed? No. But I believe I have neglected an obligation.
Ever think about all the suffering in the world? All the abortions perpetrated every single day? Ever ponder how many Hail Marys you’d have to say just to say one for every abortion?
I have. I think about stuff like that when I pray.
But life is full of distractions. They take me off task.
If you wish to learn more about St. Conrad (and hear those alternate readings, from Revelations 3:14, 20-22 and Luke 11:9-13), here’s a link to EWTN’s YouTube page and video of today’s readings and Fr. Leonard Mary’s homily:
Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read my thoughts. My intention, beginning Friday, April 17, 2015, is to post a brief, daily meditation based on the readings from the day’s Catholic liturgy. I would appreciate your help and encouragement. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.