Gaudete Sunday and Joy – December 15, 2023

Fr. Craig DeYoung joins Patrick to discuss Gaudete Sunday and Joy.


  • (2:50) – What is Gaudete Sunday and what does it mean?


  • (6:36) – What does it mean to rejoice?


  • (11:54) – Obstacles to joy


  • (16:56) Break 1


  • (18:46) – Martha – How do find joy during periods of grief?


  • (25:33) – Difference between joy and happiness


  • (30:45) – Paula – I worked for a priest who was a very joyful person and he said it was because he had a little brother with down syndrome.


  • (34:13) Break 2


  • (35:54) – How can you practically increase joy in your life?


  • (38:33) – Why do people in religious vocations have so much joy?


  • (44:42) – Mary – When I drive to the ATM I always go to Adoration before, and I find that it helps me put God first.
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.