All About Fasting – January 15, 2024

Father Matthew Widder joined Patrick for a conversation about fasting. Topics included: Jesus’ fasting (3:14), temperance & pride (8:54), caller: what if I enjoy fasting? (15:41), caller: is it OK to fast from social media? (23:54), caller: fasting from food is easy; what should I do? (28:53), caller: my mom told me to offer up my fasting (32:28), caller: is it OK to fast at 77 years old? (40:14), the fasting rules (42:49), caller: what if we’re fasting and then invited to a party? 

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.