A new book was released in e-book form yesterday by St. Anthony Messenger Press that features an essay by yours truly (Dan Horan, OFM). The title of the book is Franciscan Voices on 9/11, ed. John Feister (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2011). As with the entire Franciscan family, there is a diversity of voices and views expressed in each chapter, although most of which ultimately return to some central and perennial themes of the Franciscan tradition. My essay is titled, “A Millennial Franciscan and the Memory of 9/11.” Obviously I really encourage you to purchase the book and check out the excellent collection of essays. It’s only $2.99 for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

Here is what the publisher’s blurb says:

The 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 calls us to stop and reflect on how we as Christians follow the gospel call to love our enemies and to be peacemakers.

St. Francis was known for his focus on peace and non-violence. In this collection, a variety of noted Franciscans share their reflections on the events of September 11, 2001, and offer inspiration as we move forward.

Daniel P. Horan, OFM, looks at how the “Millennial” generation responds to the aftermath of 9/11. Joseph Nangle, OFM, reflects on the death of Fr. Mychal Judge, OFM, and the horrors of 10 years of war and violence. Patricia Normile, SFO, brings the “active non-violent” philosophy of John Dear, SJ, to bear on the issue. Jack Wintz, OFM, and Pat McCloskey, OFM, examine Franciscan history and particularly St. Francis’s meeting with the Sultan, an icon of reaching out to the “other.” Jimmy Zammit, OFM, recalls Pope John Paul II’s inter-religious prayer for peace in Assisi in 2002. Scripture scholar Michael Guinan, OFM, offers biblical lamentation as a style of prayer in time of great suffering.

Four additional articles from St. Anthony Messenger magazine and three beloved prayers of St. Francis round out the collection.

As we begin to gear up for what will certainly amount to many reflections, commemorations and ceremonies noting the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, this volume is an important contribution that reminds Christians of the Franciscan and Gospel focus one should always keep central in these sorts of matters. I look forward to hearing what you think about the various essays in this book.



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