S2E4 | In Pursuit of Holy Friendship with Father Richard and Father Raffaele

Season 2 | Episode 4
56m | Dec 10, 2021

"Picture a lot of jagged rocks, and then put them in a blender, and the push 'on.'" This was how Fr. Richard Conlin, one of our guests for this episode, described his experience of being at the seminary. But our relationships with people in general can be characterized in this way: unique beings coming into contact with one another, engaging in fun times and conflict, with the 'end product' being mutual and reciprocal love for the other.

Today, we chat with Fr. Richard and returning guest Fr. Raffaele about the beauty of holy friendships: what the important building blocks are for it, why it's important for our life as Catholics, and the need for prayer as the central part of our relationships.

Fr. Richard Conlin is an ordained priest in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, currently serving at Corpus Christi Parish in Vancouver. Fr. Raffaele Salvino is an ordained priest in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, currently serving at St. Matthew's Parish in Surrey.

Thoughts to ponder in this episode:

  • "It's a really interesting insight: We see that Jesus is alive by seeing how He can bring certain people together that otherwise wouldn't naturally come together." — This was certainly the case for Fr. Richard and Fr. Raffaele, and perhaps is applicable for a lot of folks who find themselves in intentional community or formation of some kind. How has Jesus brought you together with your friends? Was it someone that you expected, or in a way that you expected?
  • "This likeness reveals that man, who is the only creature on earth which God willed for itself, cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself." (Gaudium et Spes, 24) — As humans, we have the opportunity to form relationships with other people. From the beginning, we were never meant to be alone, though sometimes we act in ways that isolates us from others or we act out of selfish means. When have you made a gift of yourself for others? How did the other person respond? What did you learn about yourself in the process?

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