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.
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.
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?
Young Voices: "I wondered if I was the only one in the room who felt like I was at worship. ... I wondered if anyone else noticed that we — poets and audience — were the body of Christ in communion with the great Creator."
Young Voices: In the Middle Ages, the idea of spiritual motherhood was quite popular among both women and men. St. Francis of Assisi described himself as a mother to his brothers, and Meister Eckhart wrote, "We are all meant to be mothers of God, for God always needs to be born."