Episode 61 of Messy Jesus Business podcast, with Sister Julia Walsh.
“Every time I’ve been raw and vulnerable before God, I’ve been surprised at how Jesus has responded to it.” -Father Justin Claravall
IN THIS EPISODE
For this episode of Messy Jesus Business podcast, Sister Julia Walsh chats with Father Justin Claravall, SJ, Associate Pastor of Dolores Mission Church. Justin talks about his path to the Jesuits and how Saint Ignatius led him to a closer understanding of Jesus and God. He also talks about his prayer practice, and how he approaches it by “being real… with myself before God and noticing God being real with me.”
Later, Julia asks Justin about Dolores Mission. They talk about the joys and hardships of many of the parishioners. Justin delves into the two on-coming problems of gentrification and youth engagement, focusing on the idea of how to organize people for long-term health of the community. Paradoxically, as Justin points out, this organization goes hand-in-hand with the mess of people’s lives.
Julia and Justin also talk about the relationship between art and justice, focusing on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s idea of a “soul force” and the idea of God as a creator. He urges people to be frank about where they are in the mess of their own lives: “If you don’t like the mess… tell Jesus about it!”
ABOUT THE GUEST
Fr. Justin Claravall, S.J., is an associate pastor at Dolores Mission Church in Los Angeles, CA. During his Jesuit life, he taught religion in prisons and high schools, and led faith sharing groups for teenagers and young adults. He currently accompanies his parish school, participates in the Ecclesial Base Communities and Social Justice Committee, and tries to make time for more art.
Dolores Mission’s website: https://www.dolores-mission.org/
Dolores Mission’s Facebook page, where Sunday masses are live-streamed: https://www.facebook.com/DoloresMissionChurch/
Father Justin’s video essays on prayer and the pandemic on Jesuits West: https://www.jesuitswest.org/stories/fr-justin-claravall-sj-praying-during-the-pandemic/
Chapter 11 from St. Paul’s letter to the Hebrews, which comes up in the interview: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/hebrews/11
MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is hosted by Sister Julia Walsh.
Produced and edited by Colin Wambsgans.
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