This reflection is now available in Daniel P. Horan, OFM’s book Franciscan Spirituality for the 21st Century: Selected Reflections from the Dating God Blog and Other Essays, Volume One (Koinonia Press, 2013).



  1. Thank you for this post. I stumbled upon your blog while looking at the facebook page for the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land (which I plan to visit tomorrow! ) Anyway, I definitely identify with your words. I too, am a writer. Although I have not professionally published anything, I hope to someday, God willing. Right now though I am discerning religious life…and currently this summer I’m serving with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington D.C. Thanks again for the post and please pray for me if you would. 🙂
    God Bless,

  2. Dan-
    I respectfully disagree with your opening statement. You certainly are an artist as expressed in your photography – your images capture more than the simple scene of a snapshot. And, certainly your musical talents are another form of artistry. But, I get your bottom line point! Continue to enjoy the coast!

  3. Dan, thanks for the blessing of your writing–as well as your thoughts on writing! This is a topic that has excited me for some time and I felt inspired and empowered by the letter of Pope John Paul II to artists where I first came across the term co-creating in the context of art. What really got me stared down the winding road of this topic was JRR Tolkien. Not many people know Tolkien was a Catholic and he used a similar term to describe this concept: sub-creation. Essentially, it was the same but particularly acknowledged that no matter what we “create” we are doing it with the materials of the original master artist. I think it’s a beautiful gift to our faith and edifying as an artist.

    1. Brian!!! So glad to see you on the Dating God blog and I’m glad you are finding it enriching. And Dan- keep these posts coming. I look forward to hearing more about the art projects! You are in our prayers.

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