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. Well said brother. I’m glad your peers pressured you into putting this up. I look forward to quoting several sections of it often. I especially love your perspective on the “intertwining” of the Big Church (basilica) and the Little Church (Portiuncula). Congrats and good luck as you pursue your Doctorate!

  2. Thanks, Rev. Mr. Dan!
    I also wanted a copy of the text so that I could reflect on it further. It was well-written and well-delivered. Your willingness to name the ‘elephant in the room’ is so important to the health of our institutional church. You are a bright star in her future. God keep you strong and true.

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