Brother David Steindl-Rast
“The root of joy is gratefulness... It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”
- Current Position
- Catholic Benedictine monk
- Born in Vienna in the 1926, Brother David Steindl-Rast is a Catholic Benedictine monk notable for his active participation in interfaith dialogue and works on the interaction between spirituality and science. He received a MA degree from the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and a PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Vienna (1952). In 1953, he moved to the United States where he became a Catholic Benedictine monk. He co-founded the Center for Spiritual Studies with Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Sufi teachers and, since the 70s, has been a member of the cultural historian William Irwin Thompson's Lindisfarne Association. He also co-founded A Network for Grateful Living, an organization dedicated to gratefulness as a transformative influence for individuals and society.
Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness, N.J. Paulist Press (1984).
Belonging to the Universe: Explorations on the Frontiers of Science and Spirituality, coauthored with Fritjof Capra and Thomas Matus, Harper San Francisco (1991).
Words of Common Sense for Mind, Body and Soul, Templeton Foundation Press (2002).