Julia Walsh is a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, retreat director, educator and social justice activist. Her award-winning writing has appeared in America, Global Sisters Report, Living Faith and elsewhere. Visit her online at messyjesusbusiness.com, on Twitter (@juliafspa) or sign up for her newsletter, Messy Updates, at TinyLetter.com/juliaFSPA

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The body bags of pandemics and wars

Horizons - I imagined it would only be natural for all of us to sacrifice our comforts once body bags began to line up in our counties and towns. It was hard for me to imagine that we'd become divided about this.

The coronavirus, the cross and our vocation

Horizons - Off and on, for the past few years, I have sensed a crisis looming. But I never thought it would be like this, a global coronavirus pandemic. Yet here we are. The crisis has arrived, and it is serious and costly.

When the ground moves and tradition changes

Horizons - The landscape of religious life is quaking. With every evolution of a tradition or new expression of a charism, the Spirit reminds us that our radical form of life is not about comfort and security.

This Advent, may we make room

Horizons - During these Advent days, we pray about making room. We are working to prepare the way for God’s will in our lives, to prepare ourselves to unwrap and celebrate the deep meaning and joy of the Incarnation.