When God Says No – August 28, 2023

Fr. Michael Martin, OFM Conv., joined Patrick for a conversation about when and why God might say ‘no’ to our prayers. Topics included: what prayer is (3:04), when God said no to Fr. Mike (13:17), caller: I’m close to my son again (17:55), caller: God has the best perspective (22:24), caller: I’m praying for a second child (27:38), caller: I’m praying for estranged family to come back (35:27), caller: I’m praying for my family (39:10), caller: I’m struggling with my husband’s death (41:23), how do we hear God’s no? 

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.