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.”
Brother David Steindl-Rast, who many consider the successor to Thomas Merton at the intersection of Christianity and Buddhism, became a Benedictine monk in 1953. He is an apostle of the spirit of gratefuness and presently serves a worldwide Network for Grateful Living, through www.gratefulness.org.
His books include:
- A Listening Heart (Crossroad 1989)
- Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer (Paulist Press 1984)
- Common Sense Spirituality: The Essential Wisdom of David Steindl-Rast (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