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Common Sense Spirituality

The Essential Wisdom of David Steindl-Rast
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Crossroad
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October, 2008
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9780824524791
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Each meditation in Common Sense Spirituality reflects what the author calls “the spiritual work of our time”—cultivating grateful living, the key to joy. The selections explore the broad range of issues that have been at the core of a lifetime of meditation and teaching.

Through each of these meditations, Steindl-Rast seeks to nourish the mystic within the reader and to reveal the sacred core at the heart of each religious faith, no matter what its flaws. Themes include Spirituality as Common Sense, The Monk in Us, Art and the Sacred, Sacramental Life, Views of the Cosmos, The Mystical Core of Religion, Learning to Die, The Monk’s Way, The House of Hope, The Price of Peace, and A New Reason for Gratitude.

The Taoists called this shared aliveness the “Tao.” This word simply meant “Way” or “Path,” but Taoists stretched its meaning. We need a phrase for this reality, and Common Sense is the best one English has to offer. Often common sense is used to denote conventional assumptions, the exact opposite of full aliveness. But the common Sense of which we now speak is so vibrant, so alive, so expansive that it gives a new color, a new flavor to everything we do, everything we are. It is a sensuous knowing, and it springs from what we have in common with the whole of creation. Inherent in our experiences is the realization that we are not separate bodies, but that in this universe, everything is interconnected, all is part of all. Out of this awareness springs the only knowing that makes sense. This knowing goes so deep that it is embodied in our senses and has no limits. The whole universe holds it in common. We need only plug into it.

David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine monk, a psychologist, and an anthropologist. His pioneering work on behalf of interfaith dialogue won him the Martin Buber Award in 1975. He is author of Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer and A Listening Heart and the coauthor of Belonging to the Universe. He also serves as founding advisor of www.gratefulness.org.

 

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Each meditation in this volume reflects what the author calls the spiritual work of our timecultivating grateful living, the key to joy. The selections explore the broad range of issues that have been at the core of a lifetime of meditation and teaching. Throughout each of thesemeditations,Steindl-Rast seeks to nourish the mystic within the reader and to reveal the sacred core at the heart of each religious faith, no matter what its flaws. Themes include Spirituality as Common Sense, The Monk in Us, Art and the Sacred, Sacramental Life, Views of the Cosmos, The Mystical Core of Religion, Learning to Die, The Monks Way, The House of Hope, The Price of Peace, and A New Reason for Gratitude.

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