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The Great Gesture That Unites Us

Brother David Steindl-Rast

I recognize, I acknowledge, I am grateful; in French these three concepts are expressed by one term: “Je suis reconnaissant.” I recognize the special quality of this joy: It is a joy fr...

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Loving Your Enemy

Brother David Steindl-Rast

To love our enemies does not mean that we suddenly become their friends. If it is our enemies we are to love, they must remain enemies. Unless you have enemies, you cannot love them. And if you have n...

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43K reads, 11 comments

Letting Meaning Flow Into Purpose

Brother David Steindl-Rast

The only point where one can start to talk about anything, including death, is where one finds oneself. And for me this is as a Benedictine monk. In the rule of St. Benedict, the momenta mori has alwa...

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Giving Up is Different From Letting Someone Down

Brother David Steindl-Rast

This inner gesture of letting go from moment to moment is what is so terribly difficult for us; and it can be applied to almost any area of experience. We mentioned time, for instance: there is the wh...

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12K reads, 10 comments

A Pledge For Grateful Living

Brother David Steindl-Rast

In thanksgiving for life, I pledge to overcome the illusion of entitlement by reminding myself that everything is gift and, thus, to live gratefully. In thanksgiving for life, I pledge to overc...

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Three Great Forces

Brother David Steindl-Rast

The three great forces that the Christian Elders in the Egyptian desert identified as the enemies against which we’re battling are anger, lust, and laziness. The third one is called the noonday ...

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22K reads, 15 comments

Contemplation Vs. Social Change

Brother David Steindl-Rast

Brother David: You can’t really be a contemplative, unless you also want to change the world. You want to change yourself, and that’s where the struggle comes in. By ch...

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176K reads, 13 comments