Finding Joy – September 18, 2023

Father Matthew Widder joined Patrick to discuss this fruit of the Holy Spirit. Topics included: where does joy start? (3:47), choosing joy and peace (11:14), caller: what should I say to someone who is always unhappy? (13:34), Pope Francis on joy (20:23), Caller: my friend is always a scrooge; what should I say? (23:26), caller: my mom always had joy (31:30), caller: St. Mother Teresa said joy is a net to catch souls (36:23), the importance of prayer (39:50), caller: I find joy during stress (42:35), and the role of Mary (46:48) 

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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.