Carrying Your Cross – September 13, 2023

Father Chris Walsh joined Patrick for a conversation of bearing the sufferings in our life. Topics included: what Jesus means by carrying his cross (2:57), how Jews of Jesus’ time heard his teaching (9:21), caller: My husband left our family (15:09), balance bearing cross well with hoping it will be taken (21:30), caller: God won’t give us what we can’t handle (24:39), offering it up (27:45), caller: my sister died of cancer (29:26), email: grandmother feels hurt that she doesn’t have grandkids (31:31), role of the community (36:22), caller: I just had a big operation (40:01), saints (43:44), praying while suffering (48:26). 

St. Francis de Sales:

Here is a meditation from St. Francis de Sales on Carrying our Cross:
“The everlasting God has in his wisdom foreseen from eternity the cross that He now presents to you as a gift from His inmost Heart. This cross He now sends you He has considered with His all-knowing eyes, understood with His divine mind, tested with His wise justice, warmed with loving arms and weighed with His own hands to see that it be not one inch too large and not one ounce too heavy for you. He has blessed it with His Holy Name, anointed it with His consolation, taken one last glance at you and your courage, and then sent it to you from heaven, a special greeting from God to you, an alms of the All-Merciful Love of God.”

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.