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Editorial Reviews. Review. "A fresh new voice in Christian spirituality who reminds us that the Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis by [ Horan . for the 21st Century: Selected Reflections from the Dating God Blog and Other Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M., a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province, has taught in. I have to say, I was truly excited to get "Dating God" by Daniel P. Horan OFM. When I ordered it I had just recently had the belated revelation. Fr. Daniel P. Horan, OFM, is a Franciscan Friar of Holy Name Province, a columnist at America Spirituality and Theology in the Modern World (), and Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis (). His blog is www.
What is unfortunate is that this tension is either not acknowledged or, more worrisome, not felt by many Catholics within this country.
Horan's permission, I am pasting his blog post below. While I myself tend to lean these days toward Dorothy Day's Catholic anarchism, and so feel more than a little ambiguous about my participation in the political process through voting, such ambiguity is definitely a minority perspective these days. For Catholic and non-Catholic Christians who are planning to vote, Fr.Souposium: "Dating God" - Date night with God
Horan's post is, I think, insightful. Then again, that seems to be the point of her opinion piece. At the core of her essay stands the pressing question of late: While some of her characterizations do not exactly hit the mark, the overarching presentation seems reasonably grounded in the conditions of our political age and the present cultural climate.
Allowing Republicans to claim the mantle of Catholicism might cost the Democrats the election.
Through a series of ideological moves and cultural misjudgments, they have also cut themselves off from a rich tradition of liberal Catholic thought at a time when American culture requires politicians to articulate a mission that inspires religious and secular voters alike.
The Catholicism of Sister Campbell and Mr. Biden is a natural fit for Democrats. And she is correct. As the public discussion has made clear in recent months, issues like the national budget, tax systems, care for the most vulnerable in society, war, torture, gun control, capital punishment, and the like, are all important issue in Catholic moral teaching.
The Republican party platform bears comparatively grievous moral deficiencies to that of the Democratic party. All major candidates are imperfect Catholic candidates. This is not to suggest that voters are to disregard their religious beliefs and moral convictions in the voting booth, as if such a compartmentalization is even possible. In many cases the foundational principle is the same: On the Democratic side, as has been repeatedly been made known, abortion is one such issue.
Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis by Daniel Horan
On the flip side, the Republican national platform bears a number of positions that, likewise, fly in the face of central Catholic moral teaching. There is, however, such a thing as morality-informed voting, and this is something that Catholics — as well as people of all religious traditions — should take seriously. Worthen offers some theses on this question: The Democratic Party has marginalized progressive Catholic intellectuals for the same reason that Rome has: In the days of John F.
I kept waiting and checking the tracking number. Finally, I realized it had reached its destination: I had changed the billing address, but forgot the shipping address.
Dan Horan, OFM
So, I ordered another copy, hoping that whoever had gotten it had read it and was inspired. When I got the book, I dove right in. I couldn't wait to see what Br. Daniel Horan had come up with to deepen my relationship with God. Drawing from the lives and writings of St. Francis of Assisi and St.
Claire of Assisi, Br. Dan began to put together the picture of what having a "relationship with God" is all about. It's about making time to be with Him, listening to what He's telling you, learning to be close to Him and learning to trust Him. It's valuing the things he values, caring for his people and his world in a very personal way. Very quickly, I realized I was going to have to take this at a more thoughtful pace.
So "Dating God" became my Adoration reading. I would say my prayers and then read a chapter, then reflect on what I had read.