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. Very thoughtful post, Brother Dan. It reminds me of a passage from Markus Hofer’s Francis for Men. “How many of you aren’t satisfied with what fulfills your needs? It always has to be more and more, always better, faster, more fantastic. … Your worries grow bigger with the more you pile up, and what’s supposed to make your life easier actually only makes it more complicated.” Valuing our self-interest at the expense of others makes us less free in the long run. Intellectually, I get that. But the trick is remembering and acting on that in the day-to-day grind, isn’t it?

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