Bro. David Steindl-Rast
Gratitude from the Perspective of Christianity


An Austrian-American Roman Catholic theologian and Benedictine monk, notable for his active participation in interfaith dialogue, and his work on the interaction between spirituality and science. In addition to being a pioneer in Buddhist-Christian dialogue, he has contributed to understanding and peace in the world through interdisciplinary social commitment. Among the vital findings which have brought changes in the scientific view of spiritual practice are: the role of gratefulness in political and altruistic action, the relationship between gratefulness and happiness.





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1. Explore the ways in which your own understanding of gratefulness shapes your spiritual life, your personal relationships, and your life in community.
2. What is the relationship between contemplation and action in your own life?

Related Links:
Quotes from the World's Religions on Gratitude
Video Meditation on Gratitude


Further Reading:
Bro. David's "Peace Through Gratefulness" Practice
Snowmass Abbey (and Interfaith Conference)
Contemplative Outreach
Monastic Interreligious Dialogue