Examination of Conscience – August 16, 2023

Father Michael Hurley, OP joined Patrick for a conversation about examining the voice of God in our souls. Topics included: conscience & Pinocchio (1:41), what a conscience is (5:24), the intellect and conscience (13:59), St. Therese & the Little Way (16:07), how conscience helps us be more aware of our faults (20:38), Father Michael’s acronym for examining conscience: QUEST (quiet, unburden, examination, & thanksgiving) (28:08), should we make an examination daily (42:46), and an examination before confession (47:02). 

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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.