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. Amen. Amen. Amen. A thousand times Amen! Thank you so much for this, and I agree it is a very difficult thing to achieve. I am so very happy that your retreat is going well for you, and most of all, I am grateful to God for having called you to be worker in His field. PAX et vivat Iesus!

  2. These words are Spirit and Life. I would not describe them so much as ‘difficult’, becasue that involves a struggle or battle in which I have to achieve victory. Rather I occassionally experience this form of humility as a true gift, one in which I learned to appreciate (and desire) more and more. Thank you for another gift!

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