If this is your first time visiting Messy Jesus Business, welcome to the mess!
No matter who you are or what is going on in your life, we invite you into podcast discussions and blog reflections about radical, Christian discipleship. In each offering, we explore the messiness of spirituality and faith.
Our founder and host, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Julia Walsh, features podcast guests and blog contributors who share their experiences of living the Gospel today.
Behind the Messy Jesus Business scenes, Sister Julia is a prolific Christian writer and speaker whose perspective on modern Christian living has been widely published and featured internationally across all modes of media.
Here is a sampling of our offerings, all are blog posts unless otherwise identified.
For Times of Struggle
- It’s not our job to change people
- Encouragement when the world feels like a mess
- On the brink and remaining steady: solid footing in rapid change
For Spiritual Seekers
- Descending into the rosary
- Openness to the mystery of other people
- Bring on the boredom: the paradox of the path
For anyone “Wondering should I do with my life?”
- How Spiritual Direction Helps with Discernment
- The familiar, the new and discernment for daily living
- The myth of the self made person and the true demand of discipleship
- Jennifer Grant: Childlike wonder and the mystery of faith (podcast)
- When writing goes wrong: why our obsession with creative productivity is soul-killing
- Alive in the studio
- Father James Martin: prayer and polarities (podcast)
- The beauty of brokenness
- Clothing bales and hurting more than we help
- Pádraig O’Tuama: The language of lightness, darkness and love (podcast)
- A visit to The Simple Way
- Just sandals and a walking stick
- A litany for the teens in Parkland, FL
- Prayer of mixed emotions after the conviction of Derek Chauvin
- A litany for our inability to end gun violence
- Lent’s inevitable disappointment and the constant turn to God
- The words of Oscar Romero for our Lenten conversion
- Signs of Spring in Lent
- King’s mountaintop is an Easter invitation for everyone
- Belief in the risen body of Christ (but what is belief?)
- Mud, muck and the courage of change
- Music for Advent during a pandemic
- Something to believe in: How Advent can lead the way
- Entry into Advent: the pacing of discovery
- Alive in the fire
- What’s so ordinary about ordinary time?
- Ordinary mystery
- Back to the basics in a time of war
- The wild love of St. Francis
- God make us poor and nonviolent like St. Francis
- Christian resistance in the style of St. Francis