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Trusting in Life with Br. David Steindl-Rast

Led by Patricia Campbell Carlson, Margaret Wakeley, Mary Ann Brussat

Trusting in Life with Br. David Steindl-Rast
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Grateful living as a valid spiritual practice opens the door to what in the Christian tradition have been called the three "Divine Virtues." They are good habits that have become second nature and connect us to the deepest reality of life, the divine spark within us. These three virtues — attitudes towards life, really — are faith, hope, and love. You find them in all religious traditions and spiritual paths.

The grateful person grows into these basic virtues, according to Br. David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk and the co-founder of Spirituality & Practice's sister site Gratefulness.org. And why? In order to be grateful you have to entrust yourself to life. If you donít trust life, you will always say, "Who knows, is that really a good gift? Maybe it is a trick with strings attached." As long as you have this fearful attitude, you cannot really be grateful. Faith, rightly understood, is the opposite of fear. It is not, in the first place, believing in something. It is, fundamentally, entrusting yourself to life, like you entrust yourself to water in order to swim.

In this Online Retreat, drawn from Br. Davidís talks on a cruise to Alaska in August 2011, we share film footage of the first of his three talks on the Divine Virtues. Here he speaks about faith — "Trusting in Life" — and views it from a myriad of angles: How does it work? When does it work? For whom does it work? Along the way, he covers topics like the relevance of peak experiences, which he assures us everyone has; what it means to bless and be blessed; how faith is like gravity; what is meant by ďliving foreverĒ; and much more.

There are 12 emailed lessons for the retreat, each including a link to a video of Br. Davidís teachings about faith from the Alaska cruise, accompanied by written reflections and study questions for you to explore on your own. The emails have been prepared by Patricia Campbell Carlson, Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L) and Margaret Wakeley, ANG*Lís Community Development Coordinator. Both accompanied Br. David on the Alaska cruise and work closely with him on Gratefulness.org.

Br. Davidís talks on "Trusting in Life" fall into a perfect configuration of eleven segments. Midway through the course, to round out our 12 sessions together, you will have an opportunity to watch a supplemental video. In it, Br. David shares his reflections on mystical experiences with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner and artist, writer, performer and television host Bokara Legendre.

Join us as we explore how to entrust ourselves to life. We hope also to offer Br. Davidís teachings on the other two Divine Virtues, hope and love, in the near future.

This Online Retreat is available on-demand. Once you click on the "subscribe" button, you will be taken through a sign-up process during which you can choose to pay the $39.95 fee by credit card or check. You'll be emailed a receipt with a link to your "account page" where you can choose when you'd like the e-course to begin and how frequently (daily, three times a week, twice a week, or weekly) you would like to receive it. 4 CEHs for Chaplains available.


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