Black cloth

Red broth, steaming soup, vegetables just picked, now my lunch; I slurp life in. Phone rings Sister Laura on the line, “Sister Rita is dying. I’ll put the phone to her ear. Say what you’d like. She can’t talk, won’t respond. Say your good-bye.” A pause. My lungs expand, mind races, I search my heartContinue reading “Black cloth”

Kingdom of God

  Wendell Berry speaks of the Kingdom of God like an economy in a way that totally burns in my soul and speaks to our world situation today. He describes four major principles of the Kingdom of God: Everything is included. Whether we want to be in it or not, all of creation is a part ofContinue reading “Kingdom of God”

The beauty of brokenness

An old building in disrepair, collapsing toward the ground. A rusting, defective car, stuck in layers of mud. Shattered glass. Melting candle. Cracked eggshells. Chipped ceramics. The sight of the simplest crack in a sidewalk can still my body, stun my soul. The colors and textures of a simple, broken branch can inspire poetry. It mayContinue reading “The beauty of brokenness”

Quaker lessons for a Catholic girl

I grew up as a Quaker in North Carolina. Now I am a Franciscan Sister in Wisconsin. You may think I have traded hush puppies for cheese curds and simple silence for complicated ritual. But actually I find God constantly holding me in love and light through them both. For me, there is more inContinue reading “Quaker lessons for a Catholic girl”

Being merciful to yourself in the Year of Mercy

Mercy is the point where God’s love meets the needs of the world. When Pope Francis opened this Year of Mercy he stated, In this Jubilee Year, let us allow God to surprise us. He never tires of casting open the doors of his heart and of repeating that he loves us and wants toContinue reading “Being merciful to yourself in the Year of Mercy”

News/Media

Also by Sister Julia Contributor to Living Faith Catholic Devotional since 2014 Horizons Columnist for Global Sisters Report since 2014 “When perpetual adoration takes on new meaning” America April 17, 2020 “Letting the pandemic change us for the better” Chicago Sun Times April 16, 2020 “Has social distancing put us in a double pandemic?” The Christian Century March 24, 2020 “Meat”Continue reading “News/Media”

Rabble Rousers

Messy Jesus Business contributors Annemarie Barrett Annemarie grew up in the Midwest and now lives in Bolivia, South America. Her spiritual journey has been greatly influenced by the Catholic Worker Movement and the Franciscan charism of humble availability and deep solidarity. She has also been influenced and transformed by the unique experience of spending most ofContinue reading “Rabble Rousers”

Praying to Slow so Silence may Swallow

In the time of now-and-not-yet tangled together, I pray that my final days of Advent anticipation shall slow down and seem more sacred. Poetry pours from my soul as I offer God this hope. Silence swallows by Julia Walsh, FSPA Silence swallows me. Holy is this invasion. Enter mystery. Evasion impossible. Listening lines lift upContinue reading “Praying to Slow so Silence may Swallow”

Made by many

I have exciting news! This week’s issue of America  magazine contains an essay written by me! The essay is called “Changed, not ended: A view of religious life from a young sister” and it also includes a great illustration, which I love:   Writing this essay and going through the process of getting it published hasContinue reading “Made by many”

Sister Julia

Short bio: Julia Walsh is a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration and part of a new generation of Catholic Sisters. She’s often writing about the messiness of following Jesus and being Catholic and doesn’t hesitate to ask important questions. This joyful, wild Jesus-lover can be found visiting jails, leading retreats, companioning spiritual seekers, advocating forContinue reading “Sister Julia”

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