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 — this is the kind of insightful post that reminds me I’m barely scratching the surface of the Scriptures when I read them. Two things — 1) permit me to a recommend a good book on the relationship between farming and faith — A Time to Plant by Kyle Kramer, a columnist at America magazine and friend of mine. 2) your post also made me reflect on how growing requires not only a combination of physical factors but also pure time. We expect things to happen quickly these days, at least I do, but we need to get comfortable with patience and waiting in our lives, especially with respect to our spiritual growth.

  2. My uncle Patrick sent me this link and I just had to tell you how much it encouraged me! Even as a highschooler I was able to get a lot out of it along with your rich writing, it was beautiful and a perspective on Lent I had not thought about. Thank you!

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