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A blog and podcast about radical Gospel living, nonviolence, simple living, social justice, service, community and contemplation.

Messy Jesus Business Sister Julia Walsh

    • Religion & Spirituality
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A blog and podcast about radical Gospel living, nonviolence, simple living, social justice, service, community and contemplation.

    Messy Jesus Business Podcast Celebrates 50 Episodes

    Messy Jesus Business Podcast Celebrates 50 Episodes

    Episode 1, Season 6 of Messy Jesus Business podcast, with Sister Julia Walsh.









    "When you are in a place of paradox, you're on holy ground."







    - Sister Julia Walsh









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    In this very special episode of Messy Jesus Business podcast, Sister Julia Walsh takes on the role of podcast guest, and gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the conceptualization of Messy Jesus Business Podcast. Podcast editor Charish Badzinski serves as host for this episode, and together she and Sister Julia explore the lessons of the past 49 episodes, and what it means to say yes to the mess. Sister Julia explains how the program got its start and its name. She also gets the chance to respond to the questions she frequently asks her guests, including offering her thoughts on what radical discipleship means to her, and what she thinks is especially messy.







    During this episode, we also hear from past guests who pop in to in the join the celebration, as well as podcast listeners who share what listening to Messy Jesus Business means to them. And lastly, Sister Julia gives a sneak peek into possible future topics she'd like to explore in the next 50 episodes.







    Please note that the Messy Jesus Business team is taking a break over the summer to plan the next 50 episodes, and the podcast will return with fresh content this fall.







    ABOUT THE GUEST:







    Sister Julia Walsh is a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration and part of a new generation of Catholic Sisters. She’s often writing and podcasting about the messiness of following Jesus and being Catholic and doesn’t hesitate to ask important questions. She can often be found visiting jails, leading retreats, companioning spiritual seekers, advocating for peace, teaching about social justice, praying in the chapel or camping in the woods. Sister Julia has been frequently featured in the media, and is widely published.







    Julia Walsh grew up on a goat farm in a small community in Northeast Iowa with her parents: Kevin and Elsie, and three siblings. She attended college in Iowa, starting at Wartburg College in Waverly, then ultimately transferring to Loras College to discern her vocation. While a student at Loras in Dubuque, Iowa Julia studied abroad in South Africa and realized her passion for social justice, equality and Gospel living.







    In 2003 she graduated from Loras College magna cum laude with a BA in History, Secondary Education and Catholic Studies. After graduation Julia interned with the Iowa Catholic Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, and then moved to California and joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. As a Jesuit Volunteer, Julia worked with young parents and their children transitioning from homelessness to healthy interdependence at Waking the Village/Tubman House in Sacramento, California. Her experiences in South Africa, as an intern with the Iowa Catholic Conference and in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps helped her to develop her passions for Gospel-centered systemic change.







    In 2006 Julia entered the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, (FSPA) based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She entered the novitiate and received the name Sister in 2007. She professed first vows in 2009 and perpetual vows in 2015.







    Sister Julia began her teaching ministry at Catholic high schools in Chicago where she lived and served from 2008 to 2012. In 2012, Sister Julia moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin to be closer to her community’s motherhouse and minister at Aquinas High School, where she served as a theology teacher until 2016.

    • 38 min
    Sister Roselyn Heil: Spiritual Physics and Barefoot Belief

    Sister Roselyn Heil: Spiritual Physics and Barefoot Belief

    Season 5, Episode 9 of Messy Jesus Business podcast, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh.









    "Going barefoot connects me to the Earth, which connects me to the whole." - Sister Roselyn Heil

















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    In this episode of Messy Jesus Business podcast, Sister Julia Walsh talks with "Nature Nun" Sister Roselyn Heil about energy, oneness, and the physics of spirituality.







    "Everything is energy," says sister Roselyn. "All energy is light."







    They also talk about why Sister Roselyn loves going barefoot, how it connects her with the Earth and helps energy flow. They also explore how time functions differently with God, and the sacredness of the here and now.







    "When life gets hectic and I get caught up in the chronological, I take a deep breath and go into the now, to the core of what is here," sister Roselyn explains.







    ABOUT THE GUEST:







    Sister Roselyn Heil grew up on a farm in Marathon, Wisconsin with eight sisters and three brothers. She made first vows with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in 1970, left after nine years, and returned in 2004. She is a graduate of Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, with a bachelor's degree in teaching/social studies and she also holds a master's degree in Culture and Creation Spirituality. She has served as a Liturgist, a National Park Interpretive Ranger, and as a Chaplain. She currently serves as a Pastoral Associate at St. Mary's Parish on the Bad River Ojibwe Reservation in Odanah, Wisconsin.







    CONTEMPLATIVE MOMENT is John 16:12-13.







    MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced and hosted by Sister Julia Walsh, and edited by Charish Badzinski.







    Email us at messyjesusbusiness@gmail.com







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    • 45 min
    Brother Matt Wooters: Swimming in the Ocean of God

    Brother Matt Wooters: Swimming in the Ocean of God

    Season 5, episode 8 of Messy Jesus Business podcast, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh.









    "There's an emptiness...there's a hole we are perpetually trying to fill....and the hole is God."







    -Brother Matt Wooters









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    In this episode of Messy Jesus Business podcast, Sister Julia Walsh talks with Brother Matt Wooters about how he became a Jesuit, and his work in vocations.







    "I think sometimes people think...in vocation work, we're in sales. And I'm really not interested in selling anything," Br. Matt explains. "I believe that everyone has a vocation, I don't believe everyone has a Jesuit vocation. And so my job is to accompany young men to see where their vocation might be, even if it's not with us."







    They also discuss how discerning a religious vocation works today. "I think a vocation is a combination of your skills...your best self, where is the need in the world, and what's something you can't not do. So it's something you keep thinking about," he says.







    They also discuss swimming, how it is a form of prayer for Br. Matt, and how he has integrated his passion for swimming into his vocation. Finally, we talk about the mess of showing up, and how commitment means we have to show up even when the going gets tough.







    ABOUT THE GUEST:







    Brother Matt Wooters is a native of Washington, DC. He joined the Jesuits in 2012 after graduating from John Carroll University. After college, he served for two years with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Belize. He holds graduate degrees in Social Work and Theology from Saint Louis University and Santa Clara University, respectively. Br. Matt has spent most of his life working with people experiencing homelessness, migrants, and those struggling with addiction. He is an open water swimmer, a podcaster, and a lover of stand-up comedy.







    CONTEMPLATIVE MOMENT is taken from Suscipe, a prayer from St. Ignatius of Loyola.







    MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced and hosted by Sister Julia Walsh, and edited by Charish Badzinski.







    Email us at messyjesusbusiness@gmail.com







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    • 44 min
    Judith Valente and Brother Paul Quenon: The Beauty of Simply Being

    Judith Valente and Brother Paul Quenon: The Beauty of Simply Being

    Season 5, Episode 7 of Messy Jesus Business podcast, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh.









    "We have more than one calling, depending on the will of God."







    - Judith Valente









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    In this episode of Messy Jesus Business, Sister Julia Walsh talks with authors Judith Valente and Brother Paul Quenon about their motivations behind the book they most recently co-authored. They discuss callings, how it's possible to have several and how each of them came to know their respective callings.







    They consider what it means "to be," and how vastly that differs from our productivity-focused culture, which Judith says she knew all too well when working as a journalist, where the idea of simply being was a foreign concept. "More, more, better, better. You gotta work all the time you've got to be plugged in all the time," she explains of the mindset.







    That raises the question: what then, is success?







    Brother Paul weighs in, "I think success is to be authentic; to live according to your true self, which is...to be a child of God."







    Top L-R: Judith Valente, Sister Julia Walsh. Bottom: Brother Paul Quenon.







    Judith, Brother Paul and Sister Julia also explore the inherent messiness of living in community, how the pandemic has served as a spiritual teacher, and how Thomas Merton influenced both of them and the way they live their spirituality.







    ABOUT THE GUESTS:























    Brother Paul Quenon and Judith Valente are co-authors of the books: How to Be: a Monk and a Journalist Reflect on Living & Dying, Purpose & Prayer, Forgiveness & Friendship; and The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed.







    Brother Paul entered the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky in 1958 at the age of 17, where Thomas Merton was his novice master and spiritual director. He sleeps under the stars each night and is an avid hiker and hill climber. Br. Paul is the author of the award-winning book In Praise of the Useless Life: A Monk’s Memoir....as well as nine collections of poetry. He is also a sought-after and inspiring speaker.







    Judith Valente is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism and is the recipient of many awards for her coverage of faith and culture for national PBS-TV’s Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. A former staff writer for both The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, she has been a contributing correspondent for Chicago Public Radio, and her articles appear in U.S. Catholic and National Catholic Reporter. Judith is the author of four previous spirituality titles, she is a lay associate of the Benedictine monastery Mount St. Scholastica, and she speaks and leads retreats on living a more contemplative life and discovering inner wisdom. You can read more about her at her website: judithvalente.com/.







    Copies of Judith Valente's and Brother Paul Quenon's books may be purchased at Gesthamani book store .







    CONTEMPLATIVE MOMENT is a reading from Psalm 46.







    MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced and hosted by Sister Julia Walsh, and edited by Charish Badzinski.







    Email us at messyjesusbusiness@gmail.com







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    • 44 min
    Sister Jenny Wilson: Mercy, Grace and the Mess

    Sister Jenny Wilson: Mercy, Grace and the Mess

    Season 5, episode 6 of Messy Jesus Business podcast, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh.









    "I found the courage somewhere to take the step, and once I took the step, it was reaffirmed."-Sister Jenny Wilson









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    In this episode of Messy Jesus Business podcast, Sister Julia Walsh talks with Sister Jenny Wilson about how she became a Sister of Mercy and her life-changing experience of service in Guyana. They discuss God's call to us to surrender, and how God provides the grace for us to do so. And they explore what radical discipleship means to Sister Jenny. "In a way, it's getting out of bed every morning. It's getting out of bed with that enthusiasm."







    They talk about the mess of being an educator during a pandemic, and the collective shift we are experiencing as the pandemic's effects continue. "I have a different perspective because I come at most things that I do as a sense of call," says Sister Jenny. "And I think many people, they don't use that language, but they're kind of moving towards that in their lives."







    Lastly, they consider how it is radical, messy and countercultural to live a life of service and contemplation.







    "In some ways I love people and I care about people so much that embracing that messiness in myself and in others is what makes my call real," Sister Jenny explains.







    ABOUT THE GUEST:







    Sister Jenny Wilson is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. With a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a master's degree in Education Studies, she has worked with homeless women and children as a social worker and presently is a theology teacher at Mount Mercy Academy in Buffalo, New York. She also serves as the diversity, inclusion and equity coordinator and cross country and track coach at Mount Mercy Academy.







    Before entering the Sisters of Mercy, she completed two years as a Mercy Volunteer corps member in Guyana, South America. She travels there yearly to work with Mercy Volunteer Corps.







    Sister Jenny loves the outdoors, traveling and exploring new places and cultures.







    CONTEMPLATIVE MOMENT is a reading from Luke 6:36-38.







    MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced and hosted by Sister Julia Walsh, and edited by Charish Badzinski.







    Email us at messyjesusbusiness@gmail.com







    BE SOCIAL:https://www.facebook.com/MessyJesusBusiness







    https://www.instagram.com/messyjesusbusiness







    Twitter: @messyjesusbiz







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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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25 Ratings

25 Ratings

JaneSutterBrandt ,

Insightful and joyful podcast

I never miss an episode of this podcast. Sister Julia is an excellent interviewer and brings on a wide variety of guests. She can be serious but also sees humor in situations and I love her laugh. Like Sister Julia, I am a native of Iowa, and a lifelong Catholic, and so I feel a kinship to her. I also like her meditations at the end of each episode.

sssseeettyyvr ,

Wonderful conversation!

Thank you for opening up such important questions in a relatable way!

MissyK312 ,

March 18th episode

Great episode that was encouraging for a Catholic who loves her church but sometimes struggles with its history. Thanks Sister!

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