Michael Okinczyc-Cruz: Where Civic Life and Mystical Life Meet

Season 2, Episode 5 of Messy Jesus Business, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh IN THIS EPISODE: In Season 2, Episode 5 of Messy Jesus Business podcast, Sister Julia Walsh and Michael Okinczyc-Cruz discuss how his upbringing and experience as a person of Polish and Mexican ancestry helped bring him to his ministry as co-founder andContinue reading “Michael Okinczyc-Cruz: Where Civic Life and Mystical Life Meet”

Steven P. Millies: Our World Needs All Hands on Deck

In Season 2, Episode 2, Sister Julia Walsh talks with Steven P. Millies about the believer’s role in our highly-politicized ecosystem. We also dive down into the interplay of sin and polarities, the importance of trusting in Divine timing and our jobs as Catholics working on the assembly line on the project of building God’s reign.

Democracy is collapsing, but let’s imagine how the church could change that

I was in another Zoom meeting with my friend, another Catholic sister who is a professor on a college campus. Together we were lamenting the extreme polarities in the church and society. Rubbing our foreheads. Sighing. Praying right out loud: God, help us. Together we were bemoaning how the tensions impact our freedom to loveContinue reading “Democracy is collapsing, but let’s imagine how the church could change that”

Merry Christmas: the story in the world’s heart

Re-blogged from December 24, 2015. The Holy Family in a creche scene in Greccio, Italy, 2014. Photo by Julia Walsh FSPA There is an ancient story that is our common heartbeat. It speaks to us, deeply, quietly and simply; its whispers are heard in the rhythms of our ordinary lives, in between the rushing activityContinue reading “Merry Christmas: the story in the world’s heart”

The wonderful inconvenience of love

Happy Valentine’s Day!! I love this day so much because this is a day when we can celebrate and praise God for the gift of the strongest force in the universe: love! Love is the foundation of Christian living. Love is what drives us disciples to do what the world may not ever understand. LoveContinue reading “The wonderful inconvenience of love”

Mercy-ing as a form of resistance

We pray in the dark during these Advent days while we wait for the coming of the Light, of love enfleshed. The darkness is everywhere and impacts each of us. We encounter pain and violent words, messages and behavior when we pay attention to the news, when we share in our neighbor’s pain, when we tuneContinue reading “Mercy-ing as a form of resistance”

How to be Hot for God

Being Christian is not for sissies, I have heard some say. We must be bold, courageous and purposely enter into experiences of encounter that might make the average person squirm. For starters, this is a life of serious love. And for us Christians, love is a verb, not a feeling. We have to love our enemies,Continue reading “How to be Hot for God”

Lent for the love of others

Lent: we’ve been into it for over a week now. We are in this spiritual wilderness desiring to be better people, hoping to change. All sorts of actions are getting us into spiritual-shape again: fasting, almsgiving and prayer. Through each simple act, we confront our weaknesses and give up on trying to make it on our own.Continue reading “Lent for the love of others”

Lent is my restart button

Some days, I feel like I just want a restart button. At times, I even feel this way about my life. And then, when I look at all the problems in the world, aware of how complicated and messy the issues of injustice really are, I frequently feel the same way. I just want toContinue reading “Lent is my restart button”

3 simple ways to honor St. Francis today

Happy St. Francis Day!!! I love this guy. Today, I invite you to do three simple and important things to honor St. Francis and his legacy that continues to inspire people, like me, to follow Jesus in messy, authentic ways.  The three actions I propose are totally Franciscan things to do. Join my Franciscan family and me inContinue reading “3 simple ways to honor St. Francis today”