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. Thanks, Dan, for a beautiful prayer. As Eric Doyle, OFM (RIP/English Province) used to proclaim each 4th. of July at Bona’s, as Presider: “Happy Boom Boom Day!”

  2. On a day we celebrate Independence, thank you for re-membering the vulnerable, and inviting us to pray and work for the common good. Peace!

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