Living In The Heart Of Gratitude with Brother David Steindl-Rast

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Imagine a world in which all of life sings the song of gratitude, and imagine that it can really happen! You might think it’s an impossible dream considering the current state of the planet, with its conflicts and hardships. However, Benedictine monk and world renowned author, Brother David Steindl-Rast, knows that it is possible, and calls everyone to play their part in creating a grateful world. His message is simple and profound. He suggests that gratefulness is the key to world transformation, and that it is more than just being thankful. “It is a deep and whole attitude towards life, not just counting your blessings, picking and choosing what you believe deserves your gratitude.” Joining the dialogue are Daniel Ivanovich and Joshua Nicholson, young persons who share Brother David’s vision. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Brother David Steindl-Rast became a Benedictine monk in 1953. He co-founded the Center for Spiritual Studies in 1968 and received the 1975 Martin Buber Award for his achievements in building bridges between religious traditions. Presently he serves a worldwide Network for Grateful Living, through

He's the author of many books including:

To learn more about the work of Brother David go to

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How you can overcome fear
  • Why the spirit of gratitude can change the world
  • Why is common sense so important
  • How the Tibetan Rainbow Body corresponds to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • How you can become a part of the growing gratefulness community

Host:  Michael Toms                   Interview Date:    11/6/2002               Program Number: 2965

Music Included

From Album: Love Moods: Deep Passion
Artist: Peter Kater/Chris White
2002 Music-Universe MU-0001