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Laura Kelly Fanucci: Finding Fruits of the Spirit

“This idea of finding grace within the mess, I think that is the call of the Christian life.”

-Laura Kelly Fanucci

Season 4, Episode 2 of Messy Jesus Business podcast, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh.



In this episode of Messy Jesus Business, Sister Julia Walsh talks with author and speaker Laura Kelly Fanucci about how she discovered her vocation to write about the intersection of parenting and faith, as a new mother.

“It became a spiritual practice for me in those new years of motherhood, to just reflect on where I was finding God or struggling to find God, in the challenges and the joys of parenting. and things kind of grew out of that and I think I came to find that this was my life’s calling,” she explains.

Laura also shares her story of grief and loss as a parent and how it strengthened her and her husband’s connection to Holy Mystery. And Laura and Sister Julia discuss how the mess can help us support one another.

“There’s a call from this loss and grief for me to be in a different way with other people and with God,” she says.


Laura Kelly Fanucci is a writer and speaker who has spent over a decade working on the theology of vocation. She earned her Master of Divinity from Saint John’s School of Theology and her BA from the University of Notre Dame. Laura is an award-winning columnist for Catholic News Service, and her nationally-syndicated “Faith at Home” column runs monthly in Catholic newspapers across the U.S. Her writing has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, On Being, and The Christian Century, as well as popular outlets including People Magazine and the Kelly Clarkson Show.

Laura has authored seven books, most recently, “Grieving Together: A Couple’s Journey through Miscarriage.” She and her husband live in Minnesota with their children.

You can find Laura on several social media channels as well as her website.

Facebook: @mothering.spirit

Instagram: @thismessygrace/

Twitter: @lkfanucci

Contemplative Moment features a reading from Galatians.

MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced and hosted by Sister Julia Walsh, and edited by Charish Badzinski.

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