When God Says No – April 21, 2023

Father Tom Wilson joins Patrick for a conversation about Accepting God’s Will When He Says No

  • (2:32)  Discernment of God’s will
  • (5:32) what does it mean when God says no
  • (11:46) When it seems like God doesn’t care
  • (15:23) How long should we wait for God to answer a prayer?
  • (19:54) Listeners Call into the show
    • Jennifer – Story of how we prayed for children every year it took 7 years, but we eventually had one.
    • Mark – I was going through conversion last year and going to confession daily just to feel forgiven. It took months for it to sink in that I was forgiven. I learned to trust God.
    • Julie – It all comes back to trust. Jesus said he would never leave us, and he does what’s best for us, so we have to trust his answer.
    • Debbie – What if God is still telling me NO? I’m patiently waiting on his yes.
    • Nora – God told me NO when I was 8. My dad wasn’t a part of my life and I really wanted to know him, but God kept telling me NO. I found out later he raped my mom.
    • Katherine – I’m in my 70’s and none of my prayers have been answered. Why is that?
Patrick Conley was born, raised, and baptized in Wisconsin in a Protestant tradition. After meeting his wife, Kendra, through an Evangelical ministry at the University of Minnesota, they entered the Catholic Church in 2010. They listened to Relevant Radio, specifically The Inner Life, while preparing to enter the Church. Conley now holds a degree in theology from Oxford University and has served the Church in both academic theology and grassroots pastoral ministry. Conley teaches religion classes in a Catholic elementary school, serves as his parish Director of Religious Education, and is in formation for the permanent diaconate. He also hosts Practicing Catholic on Relevant Radio, exclusive to the Minneapolis area’s airwaves, and is a traveling presenter for the Catherine of Siena Institute apostolate. He lives in rural Wisconsin with his wife and their bulldogs, Georgie and Bingley.