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Francis of Assisi and the Future of Faith


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Nearly eight-hundred-years after his death, St. Francis of Assisi remains the most popular saint in all of Christianity. He continues to inspire women and men of all ages, all backgrounds, and from all religious traditions; but how much do people know about the actual spirituality and theology of this great saint? What does this medieval man from Italy, and the religious movement he founded, have to say to a complex, globalized, technologically advanced, and modern world?

Daniel P. Horan, OFM, in his latest book, Francis of Assisi and the Future of Faith, answers these questions and more. Returning to the sources and the best of contemporary scholarship, Horan presents a multifaceted approach to questions about the rich meaning and deep significance of the Franciscan spiritual and theological tradition for our present day in three parts.Engaging topics as diverse as the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, evangelization in the digital age on Facebook and elsewhere, uniquely Franciscan approaches to ministry, as well as other themes, Horan dedicates the first part of the book to presenting the contemporary relevance of the Franciscan tradition for the modern world in an intelligent and accessible way. In the second part of the book, Horan presents illuminating original research and introduces readers to a wealth of insight and inspiration found in the broader Franciscan spiritual and theological tradition.The last part of the book features an exciting introduction to the influence of the Franciscan tradition on Pope Benedict XVI and in-depth look at the pope’s twelve public addresses on the Franciscan tradition.

"In Dan Horan’s new book, we are introduced not to a decorative saint who got on well with birds but a man who shook the foundations of medieval Europe and who -- along with other key figures of the early Franciscan movement -- still challenges us today." — Jim Forest, author, All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day

“Friar-Author Dan Horan opens the doors of the Church which for his generation is 'today,' not 'tomorrow!' Fr. Horan is particularly adept at translating the importance of a Franciscan approach for today’s “digital natives.” His voice is sure to capture the attention of contemporaries and create a bridge for older readers who know themselves to be strangers to this new way of learning and knowing." — Margaret Carney, OSF, STD, president, St. Bonaventure University

"In a style that is both scholarly and highly readable, he brilliantly uncovers and elucidates the “foolish” wisdom of Franciscans as it is lived and voiced first of all in St. Francis and then as it is perpetuated and developed in significant Franciscan thinkers and saints from the Middle Ages to the present Millennial generation...The depth and range of this book makes it an indispensable source for how the Franciscan spiritual and intellectual tradition has been lived and voiced in the past and a blueprint for how it can be lived at the beginning of the 21st Century." — Murray Bodo, OFM, author, Francis: The Journey and the Dream

"With a great spirit of prayer and devotion, Horan helps us discover how Francis of Assisi is anything but the patron of those who are spiritual but not religious, spiritual but not theological. Rather, Horan gives us sound spirituality and theology grounded in the perennially relevant and popular Franciscan tradition. Past speaks to the present and guides us into the future. Francis and Anthony both would be pleased." — Mary Stommes, editor, Give Us This Day: Daily Prayer for Today's Catholic


Daniel P. Horan, OFM is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province in New York and is completing a Ph.D. in systematic theology at Boston College. He previously taught in the Department of Religious Studies at Siena College near Albany, New York, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Thomas Merton Society, in addition to several other boards and committees.

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