The Power of Forgiveness – August 8, 2023

Father Eric Nielsen joined Patrick to discuss how to practice forgiveness. Topics included: why forgiveness is so important (2:30), what we learn about forgiveness from Jesus (7:29), society doesn’t foster forgiveness (16:08), caller: I forgave the woman who killed my son in an accident (20:14), caller: what if I don’t feel like I forgave (24:57), caller: how do I forgive my wife (32:50), what if I don’t feel like accepting God’s forgiveness (41:06), caller: my children had a falling out; what should I do? (43:17), caller: My father forgave the man who robbed his store (47:52). 

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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.