Long before Oprah started millions of people keeping gratitude journals, the Austrian-born Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast was writing about gratefulness as the heart of prayer and the most liberating path to joy and grace. Over the years, he has been a leader in the contemplative movement and in Buddhist-Christian dialogue. Brother David is the cofounder/advisor to the interactive website Gratefulness.org, which we are happy to call a sister site of Spirituality & Practice.
Brother David is one of the Living Spiritual Teachers profiled here at S&P. He is a creative and inspiring teacher whose overall message is one about coming fully alive, waking up to the reports of our senses, and espousing what he calls "a common sense spirituality."
"Practicing Spirituality with Brother David Steindl-Rast" is 40-part e-course. Subscribers receive emails containing brief passages from Br. David's books and suggestions on how to practice each thought as they go through their days. Included are some of his the practice of gratefulness, the significance of faith, the benefits of living a sacramental life, the playfulness and meaning of proverbs and parables, how we can reverence the many moments of mystery and grace in each day, the importance of the listening heart, the challenges of reading the world spiritually, and the creation of imaginative ways to deal with the surprises of everyday living. Other emails help us tap into other sides of Brother David Steindl-Rast's creativity by reading his poems or watching him on video.
Practice the spirituality of a beloved spiritual teacher!
(6 CEHs for Chaplains available.)
(choose your own start date and frequency)