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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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.

At a table with other sinners, the Eucharist unites

The first person who taught me eucharistic theology was my Lutheran grandmother. Although I have no memories of her ever uttering the words "eucharistic" or "theology," she taught me by being a living example.

We are endangered species, but Franciscan values could save us

Horizons - Aware of his creaturedom, St. Francis proclaimed a mutuality with all God's creation. In the face of the climate crisis, the message of his life is incredibly relevant today.

Inside Mystery Cave, inside my life

Horizons - Following Christ, I am drawn into beauty beyond what I would ever imagine or could make for myself. This submission to the Great Mystery is counter-cultural, radical.