Spiritual Warfare – August 22, 2023

Father Matthew Spencer, OSJ joined Patrick for a conversation about spiritual battles. Topics included: why we use the term warfare (2:22), the armor of Christ (4:53), how the Holy Spirit helps us (11:28), spiritual warfare and the virtues (17:52), caller: I fight the devil all the time (20:29), caller: warfare via illness? (25:00), discernment (28:52), caller: possible to have peace after an exorcism? (31:45), everyday battles (37:45), caller: Prayer recommendation for daily battles? (40:45), caller: why does God allow the devil to tempt? (45:38), Mary’s role (49:00). 

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.