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Father Dan Horan: The Beautiful Mess of Personhood

Father Dan Horan

“If we believe it’s all up to us, then we think we have to have static, clear, concrete answers…but God continually creates.”
– Father Dan Horan

Season 3, Episode 10 of Messy Jesus Business, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh.


Sister Julia Walsh talks with Father Daniel Horan, professor, author and columnist. They discuss how he came to discover his vocation as a Franciscan, and they consider the importance of encouraging one another as Christians. Father Dan also talks about what he calls Holy Spirit atheism, which he says puts us at risk of acting in ways that are contrary to the will of God. “The Holy Spirit tends to fall off the radar. The Holy Spirit is the proverbial third wheel of the Holy Trinity.” He explains.

“I think if people remembered that the Holy Spirit is God’s self, the gift of God’s self, that draws near to us in all of creation in all times, it starts to change our way of thinking and being in the world,” he says.

“How might our lives look different if we recognize that we are not alone, that Jesus’s promise in the Gospels are true?”

From there, Father Dan and Sister Julia reflect on relationships, and what it means to be in “right relationship” with others.


Daniel P. Horan, OFM, PhD is the Duns Scotus Professor of Spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he teaches systematic theology and spirituality. He is a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, and the author of hundreds of articles and more than 12 books, including “Catholicity and Emerging Personhood: A Contemporary Theological Anthropology (Orbis Books, 2019),” which received the 2020 First Place Award for Theology Book from the Association of Catholic Publishers. Among his forthcoming books due out later this year are “A White Catholic’s Guide to Racism and Privilege,” and “The Way of the Franciscans: A Prayer Journey Through Lent.”

Father Daniel regularly lectures around the United States and abroad; serves on a number of university, academic, and publication editorial boards, including the St. Bonaventure University Board of Trustees, the Franciscan School of Theology Board of Regents, and the Board of Directors of the International Thomas Merton Society. He is co-host of The Francis Effect Podcast.

Contemplative Moment features a reading from 1 Thessalonians 5:11-23.

MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced and hosted by Sister Julia Walsh, and edited by Charish Badzinski.

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