Joy in the Spiritual Life – July 19, 2023

Fr. John Eckert joined Patrick for a conversation about Christianity and joy. Topics included: what joy is (3:47), joy through suffering (9:22), what are the signs of joy (14:22), caller: differences between joy and happiness (18:08), caller: my stories of joy (23:13), evangelization and joy (30:09), caller: I find joy at daily Mass (35:14), caller: joy after confession (41:31), caller: Jesus, others, and you! (45:18). 

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.