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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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. 

Constant sharing. Rejoice with me!

Horizons - It's only natural for us to rejoice together, too. It's an element of our vocation. Francis tells us, "Wherever consecrated people are, there is always joy!" After the Giving Voice gathering ended and I reflected on the joy I experienced with other sisters, I was reminded of a game of catch.