The Inner Life – June 27, 2024 – Mary and the Rosary

Father Michael Hurley joins Patrick to discuss Mary and the Rosary

  • (7:59) Difference between how we honor Mary and how we honor God.
  • Where does the rosary come from?
  • (17:56) Dennis – How to stay focused during the rosary?   I try to do it regularly.

(21:45) Break 1

  • Michael – It seems like there’s an over emphasis of Mary in the rosary.  How ’bout Jesus?  I’m non-Catholic, but have been present in the rosary w/Catholic friends.  I even went to a Catholic Camp.
  • (30:22) Meditating on the Mysteries of the rosary.
  • Donna – About 7 years ago, while praying the rosary, and for each mystery,  imagined and saw each of my five sons in each sorrowful mystery.  I just felt like Mary had given me a gift, of actually seeing the suffering through her eyes, as I was seeing my sons.

(37:12) Break 2

  • Can you make up mysteries of the rosary?
  • (43:56) Deb – When my mom had a massive hemorrhage thought she was going to die.  She woke up was confused; I touched her feet started praying Hail Mary and finished the prayer and that was her first words she spoke.
  • Mary Helen – The rosary, how instrumental it was in bringing me back to the Church;  And what I’m doing here in the Portland area with the Dominicans and the rosary.


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.