David Steindl-Rast: Essential Writings

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A wonderful selection of writings by one of the most influential spiritual writers of our time, on such themes as gratefulness, prayer, silence, and love.

"Much of our life may be a wandering in the desert lands, but we do find springs of water. If what is called "God" means in the language of experience the ultimate Source of Meaning, then those moments that quench the thirst of the heart are moments of prayer."

David Steindl-Rast (b. 1926), an Austrian-born Benedictine monk, ...

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Overview

A wonderful selection of writings by one of the most influential spiritual writers of our time, on such themes as gratefulness, prayer, silence, and love.

"Much of our life may be a wandering in the desert lands, but we do find springs of water. If what is called "God" means in the language of experience the ultimate Source of Meaning, then those moments that quench the thirst of the heart are moments of prayer."

David Steindl-Rast (b. 1926), an Austrian-born Benedictine monk, is one of the most influential spiritual teachers in the world. He serves as a senior member of the Mount Saviour Monastery in Elmira, New York, and was an early pioneer in the field of Buddhist-Christian dialogue. As a leading figure in the House of Prayer movement, he has contributed to a broad renewal of religious life. In classic books such as Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer, and A Listening Heart, he has advanced the notion of "grateful living." Gratefulness, he writes, is "the inner gesture or giving meaning to our life by receiving life as a gift."

In these writings monastic wisdom meets the spiritual questions and hungers of our age.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570758881
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 869,149
  • Product dimensions: 6.72 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Sources 7

Introduction 9

Acknowledgments 38

1 Grateful Living 39

Aliveness 40

Spirituality as Common Sense 45

Blessing 53

Do-Gooders and Contemplative Experience 55

True to Experience 58

Practices 59

Awake, Aware, and Alert 60

2 Unveiling Language 66

Faith 67

Hope 70

Love 73

Creativity 74

Reveling in Language 76

Proverbs and Common Sense 77

The Parables of Jesus 83

3 Prayer 87

Prayers and Prayerfulness 88

A Whimsical Story 91

The Jesus Prayer 94

Beauty 96

Where Angels Dwell 97

4 Time-The Perfection of the Moment 102

About the "Hours" 104

Leisure 110

Haiku 113

Monastic Awareness 115

The All-Oneness of Aloneness 118

5 The Living Voice of Poetry 121

At the Still Point of the Turning World 123

O Gaia: Nature and Poetic Intuition 138

6 Love-A "Yes" to Belonging 148

The Christian Mystical Tradition and the Earth Household 148

Relationality 151

Jesus and Salvation 153

Courage 157

Asceticism 159

The Earth Household 159

Transformers of the Earth 168

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