We are grateful to share that our founder, Br. David Steindl-Rast, is celebrating his 97th birthday at home in Austria this week. He shared the following message:

Blessings in return to all who sent good wishes for my birthday. The blessing I wish you above all others is trust in life. Life never disappoints us in that trust, which is the root of the tree of grateful living. May you always enjoy its sweet fruits!

We hope you enjoy the assortment of updates on Br. David’s active life below, including his recently-awarded Gold Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria, and the release of his newest book.

Br. David Awarded Gold Decoration of Honor

On July 4, 2023, Br. David was awarded the Gold Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria. The award is given to select individuals by the Austrian government and was presented to him by Susanne Raab, the Austrian Minister of Women, Family, and Youth. Br. David is at his monastery in Austria, where he devotes his time to writing and contemplation. Please join us in celebrating this tremendous achievement!

Br. David Steindl-Rast receiving the Golden Decoration of Honor for special services to the Republic of Austria as presented by Susanne Raab
Br. David Steindl-Rast in Vienna, Austria where he received the Gold Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria on July 4, 2023

Br. David’s New Book: You Are Here

Book cover of You Are Here: Keywords for Life Explorers by Br. David Steindl-Rast (2023)

Earlier this year, Br. David released his latest book, You Are Here: Keywords for Life Explorers. This important work offers clear definitions of his key spiritual terms, each contextualized in an inclusive, accessible roadmap for living a full and meaningful life. It is ideal for those new to Br. David’s teachings as well as longtime devotees of his work. Learn more about the book here.

Described by Br. David as his “spiritual legacy” and unlike any book he’s written before, You Are Here offers invauluable spiritual direction from a unique perspective in history.

Purchase your copy from Orbis Books, Bookshop, or Amazon.

Celebrate Br. David’s Birthday

We welcome you to share a birthday wish for Br. David in the comments below.

If you have been inspired by Br. David and are moved to share your appreciation, we invite you to honor Br. David’s 97th birthday this week with a gift. Please join us in gratefully preserving the overflowing gifts of Br. David’s amazing 97 years of life and teachings with the blessing of your support.

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