Gratefulness is the key, says this extraordinary Benedictine monk, to fullness of life, true prayer and effective action in the world. “If you practice gratefulness,” he says, “it leads you into all the attitudes that all the great traditions have promoted.” Brother David tells of his own personal search, from a childhood in Nazi-occupied Austria to his explorations of Buddhism, modern physics and meaning in modern Christianity. “Most of our day is gift after gift,” he has discovered, “if we wake up to it.” (hosted by Michael Toms)
Brother David Steindl-Rast became a Benedictine monk in 1953. He co-founded the Center for Spiritual Studies in 1968 and received the 1975 Martin Buber Award for his achievements in building bridges between religious traditions. Presently he serves a worldwide Network for Grateful Living, through www.gratefulness.org.
His books include:
- A Listening Heart: The Spirituality of Sacred Sensuousness (Crossroad 1989)
- Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness (Paulist Press 1984)
- Common Sense Spirituality: The Essential Wisdom of David Steindl-Rast (Crossroad Book) (Crossroad Press 2008)
To learn more about the work of Brother David go to www.gratefulness.org.
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 7/17/1991 Program Number: 2270