The Inner Life – June 28, 2024 – Living in the Present

Father Matthew Widder joins Patrick to discuss Living in the Present

  • (3:30) Why is it important to live in the present?
  • (10:36) How does the Sabbath help with staying in the present?
  • ( 21:20) Thomas – I do scheduling, and mind could rest when he worries and obligations have a time and place to be processed, like scheduling adoration, schedule time to pray;  Also getting to the heart of intentionality.

(27:28) Break 1

  • Patrick shares an email from Elizabeth who think that we’d learn to be more like Jesus if we learned to
  • (38:15) Mary Lou – What helps me to stay in the present moment; Whenever I get out of my prayerfulness, the movie ‘Bigger than Elvis’ (Mother Delores Hart).  Another practical thing is to get enough sleep does not overcommit.

(43:24) Break 2

  • (44:33) Christopher – By practicing little breathes, helps me to stay in present moment; I use this in my spiritual life, wherever I’m at; stay in my shoes and be present, whether at mass, conference.
  • Brenda – There are two situations, where we live in present moment; The mother of a first child is always aware, and the 2nd moment is when you fall in love.   Maybe w/God, you look forward to mass/adoration, it’s almost like going on a date.
  • Book recommendations for living in the present.


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.