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. Br. Dan, for all the “PC”-ness, I do understand and accept the premise. I do believe that the phrase has gotten rather trite, especially as used so frequently in politics, EVEN by your beloved “O”.

    I would however, suggest that perhaps the phrase when heard by others in interrupted in difference ways. Do I believe the U.S. (America), has been blessed? Yes. Do I also believe that other nations etc, have been blessed? Yes, in difference ways. Do I wish for God’s blessing (continued or new) and protection? Yes. Do I believe that U.S. has been granted a certain position in world, and are we fully accepting our responsibility? Yes and No.

    “…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48)

    Now, having just celebrated the Feast of the Assumption, and readings from Revelation, made me really ponder, that perhaps in the God’s great plan, we are a nation that is to fall. Of course, I am not a dooms-dayer by any stretch, but….

    I definitely did not approve of using the comparison of G.W. with Osama. I understand the you and me, and the Pope and Dali Lama, but if one is to compare like “apples” then it should have been leader-to-leader, (e.g. Osama and Obama) and not the subtle “terrorist” to “terrorist”, which has been the cry of the left regarding the former president. After all, the “O” did claim the mission a success of his administration, did he not? (Which I am quite certain will be used on campaign trail)

    Lastly, while I fully agree that we, mere men, cannot fathom the full, complete, and total Divine Mercy of God. However, I still believe in pergatory, and I accept and expect to be spending sometime there too. So, while I am confident that He loves us all, I am also somewhat certain, that there is some mighty penence for people such as Osama, Hitler, and even presidents.

  2. I often preside at Sunday Eucharist at a chapel-of-ease (semi-public oratory?) comprised of members of a single political party with which I am not in sympathy. I enjoy celebrating Eucharist for them and they seem to enjoy my preaching. However, I cringe at their tradition of singing God Bless America at the recessional. What keeps me from not singing with them is knowing that the recessional is not part of the Roman Eucharistic liturgy which was just offered for the peace and salvation of all the world!

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