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. beautiful reflection….love this too by Saint John Chrysostom:
    “Our Lord has taught us in the ‘Our Father’ to pray in the name of all our brothers and sisters. In this way he desires that the prayers we raise to God should be as much concerned with the needs of our neighbor as with our own.”

  2. “…with patience the tribulation which has actually been dealt out…the present anxiety and is about this that he is to say “Thy will be done,” and for the daily task of bearing this that the daily bread will be provided.”
    -”Uncle” Screwtape, from C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters

  3. Br. Dan — this is a prayer I say often and have tried to reflect on carefully over the past couple years. And yet, your excellent meditation on it opened up many elements I’d never even considered. Will be printing this out and referring to it often!

  4. Fr. Dan, your reflection and timing (well the Church calendar of the Scriptures too (wink), could not have been better. Life can unfortunately makes (of our own choosing) to loose sight of doing His will. Thank you! PAX et vivat Iesus!

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