The Inner Life – June 03, 2024 – Spiritual Friendship

Father Bobby Blood joins Patrick to discuss Spiritual Friendship. 

  • (4:29) did Jesus navigate friendships?
  • (11:15) Keith – wanted to give my friend Maria a boost – I met her through a priest, and she is such a gem. We are best friends
  • (14:34) Nicky – I have a good Church because of a friend who I helped me a lot.
  • 11:24 Patrick Quantity time leads to quality time

(22:09) Break 1

  • (27:15) Speaking truth to friends even when it is difficult.
  • (30:49) – What types of virtues are nourished from good friendships?
  • John – 17yrs ago I was at my lowest and I met a deacon who became like a father to me.
  • (36:40) Melissa – I have a daughter and she finds it difficult to find friends and they don’t seem receptive

(40:54) Break 2

  • (42:48) Nick – I am on the other end of the spectrum – how do we admit that a lifelong friendship has died and properly mourn that even though the person is still living?
  • (45:57) Tom – I have a friend of 62 years and I found someone who brought me back into the church and I want to help someone like he helped me
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.