We are so glad to be able to report that our beloved Br. David Steindl-Rast continues to be actively engaged in life as he celebrates his 96th birthday at home in Austria. He is doing well and says that he is very grateful for that fact!
Br. David continues to write prolifically and we are excited to share the news that he has just completed his latest book in English, YOU ARE HERE: Key Words For Life Explorers. Dedicated to the young people of today, the book sums up the insights Br. David has gained in a lifetime of contemplation. It will be published by Orbis Books in March, 2023. Stay tuned for the chance to pre-order your copy soon!
Most of us have not had the opportunity to see or hear Br. David in recent years, so we savored the two recent, inspiring resources below, and hope you do too! And if you’d like to write a birthday wish to Br. David and/or support his work by making a gift in his honor, please find these opportunities below the resources.
New Br. David Resources to Explore
Silent Meditation for Peace
“’One is the human Spirit…’ Into this depth let us silently sink our roots. There lies our only source of peace.” –Br. David Steindl-Rast, from his meditation at the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations in 1975
In April 2022, our international partners at Dankbar Leben hosted this live peace meditation together with Vivir Agradecidos and Br. David. Enjoy the recording, which is presented primarily in German, English, and Spanish. Highlights include opening wisdom from Br. David about trust in life, a quote from Br. David read in eight different languages by people around the globe, and space for a silent meditation.
Tension of Emergence Podcast: Hope in a Climate Crisis – Br. David and Dr. John England
We usually think of hope as a sentimental emotion that solidifies what we want in life. But what if it meant something else entirely? In June 2022, Jennifer England of Tension of Emergence brought together spiritual teacher Br. David Steindl-Rast and climate scientist Dr. John England for an illuminating conversation about hope in uncertain times. Listen to the full 45-minute podcast, which features spirituality, science, storytelling, and wisdom shared between two friends.
Celebrate Br. David’s Birthday
If you have been inspired by Br. David words and spirit, and are moved to share your appreciation, we invite you to honor Br. David’s 96th birthday this week with a gift. We all benefit so much from his embodiment of wisdom and joy, and the world needs his generous guidance so much right now. Please join us in gratefully celebrating and preserving the overflowing gifts of Br. David’s amazing 96 years of life and teachings with the blessing of your support.
You may also leave a birthday blessing for Br. David below…
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I’ll keep it short and simple. Brother David, you rock! Wishing you a belated Happiest of Birthdays!
Dear Br. David, THANK YOU for transforming my life in such a profound way! You are such an inspiration and gift to the world. I pray you can know what my heart is saying that words cannot express.
God bless you, Br. David🙏
Peace and love, Sheila 🕊🌈🌍
Dear Br. David, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
You are all the inspirations and I thank you:)
Happy Birthday Brother David! You are truly an inspiration to us all!
Source of all blessings, you bless us with David, Austrian accented, now old and feeble but with eyes still bright and seeing, may we learn from him of our blessedness and of all creation that we may help each one we encounter to know blessedness.
To ‘my’ Brother David (you signed a note to me once “your Brother David”, touching me deeply since I had lost my own brother, David) – On my altar is a photo of you and I in front of a cemetery in Alaska, a side trip from our Alaskan cruise, and notes from the wonderful Hollyhock retreat w/Rupert Sheldrake. I see you leading us in a round of song, hear your gentle humor, and feel deeply blessed and grateful for your presence. You have indeed brought Presence into our world through such intense and intimate times. Grateful to your own parents for all that continues to move and work from their guidance, to you, to so many now. Peace and blessings surround and be with you, even as I hear the joy in your quiet laughter. For all you’ve taught, teach and are, we bow. Your sister, Cynthia.
Brother David I was so fortunate to first meet you through your Sounds of Silence music. You have been an inspiration to me since that time. May you continue to inspire people to feel Gratitude and Acceptance for more years to come. Happy Birthday! Sending Blessings, Light and Love to you. From Kathy in Delaware
Dear Brother David, Remembering many wonderful Esalen workshops with you + wishing you a happy 96th birthday! Blessings + love from Anne in Goleta CA
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag ! Thank you for YOU, your sharings, your love, enthousiasm, humour and gifts. Estelle
Dear Br David, Wishing you everything you are wishing for, the fulfillment of all your prayers, as you celebrate your 96th birthday. With boundless gratitude for you and your life. Through you, God initiated me into spiritual life. I will always be grateful for that first meeting (and all the others) in Ann Arbor, MI, 1987. Love & Light, Bill
You have been such a blessing in our lives, Brother David… wishing you a happy, happy birthday and many thanks for all the gifts you have shared with my family (Lavinia Finin and family)!
Kathryn (aka Katy)
Happy Birthday, Brother David! I’m so grateful for the wisdom and love you share with all of us. God bless you today and every day.
Brother David, It is so good to hear you are continuing to do well! May your days be showered by blessings! Happy Birthday! You have been such an inspiration to me and I can’t wait to read your newest book!
Much love, Elisabeth
Happy Continuation Day, Brother David! I am so grateful that you are with us and continue to share your beautiful and inspiring teachings. Many blessing of joy to you always. Much love, Jody Larson
May this great soul, who is a brother to the world and all humanity be blessed by all of us. May he be blessed by the angels. May he be blessed with the highest peace, joy and love. In Dankbarkeit für ein so großartiges Leben im Dienst an Gott und der Menschheit. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Bruder David