"Beautiful, fresh reflections on Jesus' dying words in the spirit of Francis of Assisi. The insights lead straight into ways of discipleship, empowering love of God and our neighbor in this contemporary world." --Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., Fordham University
"Written in a wonderfully engaging style, The Last Words of Jesus explores the intrinsic connection between love and suffering; on the cross, Jesus' suffering is but the consequence of His extravagant love." --Roberto S. Goizueta, Boston College."Daniel Horan's passion to follow the advice of St. Francis of Assisi - 'Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary use words' - comes through clearly in these wise reflections at the foot of the cross. Highly recommended as a resource for all who hunger for words of hope in the face of suffering." --Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., University of Notre Dame.
"Jesus’s and Francis’s starting point was not sin, but suffering—the suffering of the world and even the suffering of God. This creates a very different perspective on the Christian gospel, and I think you will find it here! In this book, Dan Horan makes the sublime simple and beautiful, which is surely the Franciscan way.”—Richard Rohr, O.F.M., founder, Center for Action and Contemplation
"This beautiful new book by one of my favorite young spiritual writers offers an invitation to meditate on God’s great love for us, on Christ’s sacrifice and on the human condition. Dan Horan’s insights are for anyone who has ever grieved, lost or sought hope. In other words, it is a book for everyone."—James Martin, S.J., author, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything
"The lifeblood of these deeply Franciscan meditations is the memory of a God who is 'head over heels in love with humanity,' and who identifies radically with suffering creation. Dan Horan writes with the steady hand of a scholar and the trembling heart of a follower of Jesus. I will never again hear Jesus’s words 'I thirst' without also hearing the cries of those hidden millions today dying from lack of water. Dan helps us wrestle, as every new generation must, with the terrible beauty and scandal of the cross."—Chris Pramuk,associate professor of theology, Xavier University
The Last Words of Jesus is a compelling look at a horrific moment in history and one that is central to the establishment of Christianity. ...Horan writes in a warm, reader-friendly style that combines the personal and the personable." — National Catholic Reporter
About the Author
Daniel P. Horan, OFM is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province, a columnist at America magazine, and the author of several books including Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis. He has taught at Siena College and St. Bonaventure University, and has published numerous scholarly and popular articles on Franciscan theology and spirituality, Thomas Merton, and contemporary systematic theology. He has lectured around the United States and Europe, currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Thomas Merton Society, and is working on a Ph.D. in systematic theology at Boston College. His website is DanHoran.com