Now on staff at Marywood Franiscan Spirituality Center in northern Wisconsin, Julia Walsh is a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, a Catholic youth minister, a committed social justice activist, and a student at Catholic Theological Union. Her award-winning writing has appeared in America, Global Sisters Report, Living Faith, and PILGRIM Journal. Visit her online at messyjesusbusiness.com and follow @juliafspa on Twitter.

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Looking forward into the mystery

Young Voices: I hear a sentiment that the church (and forms of religious life) that they once knew are in a long winter, at rest. Scenes of life and familiar landscapes will sprout soon, they seem to say. If only they hold on to hope, then what they once knew will come back, with greater flourishing. 

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White supremacy and me and you

Young Voices: The cross is an intersection of powerlessness and power. I wonder if there will ever be a day when every white Christian will imitate Jesus and fearlessly avoid the temptation to protect their own power.

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The sacred tension of solitude

Young Voices: Although walls of selfishness can block me from being my best self, solitude is an important element in my path to communion with God.

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O Come Emmanuel: Free us prisoners

Young Voices: There are about a dozen of us in this circle at a local prison, praying with Advent Scriptures. Messages of waiting, anticipation, expectation are read aloud. Then we discuss, consider: What does it mean to be people of hope?