+ Dear Friends,
Celebrating Easter for the second time outside the monastery — still quarantined in Argentina — makes me experience in a new way the connection between suffering and grace, between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. That‘s why i’d like to share with you a deep insight by Ken Wilber and Felice Anerio’s “Christus factus est pro nobis obediens”, a piece that makes us experience the transition from suffering to joy, as only music can.
” Suffering is a constant reminder of the pain of being human, but also one of the most elemental ways that we all connect with each other, because we all suffer terribly at some point. Suffering is not just ‘negative’; it is a bond through which we all touch each other. Suffering, truly, is the first grace.” ~ Ken Wilber
“Christus factus est pro nobis obediens”, Felice Anerio (1560-1614)
For the time being, dear Ingrid, my faithful assistant is handling all my e-mail, but i remain in heart-to-heart connection with you, both in grief and in that gladness that has the last word,
Your brother David
Br. David Steindl-Rast is the founding advisor of A Network for Grateful Living. He is a Benedictine monk, interfaith pioneer, author, and teacher. You can read more about him and find his extensive online archives here. Photo by Diego Ortiz Mugica.
If you would like to offer a brief reflection on this letter or a short greeting for Br. David during this season of grief and gladness, please do so in the space below.
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Happy Eastertide to you, Brother David!
How grateful I am to be sharing the planet with you! Thank you for the ways you’ve allowed God to work in your life so we can see how to say yes as well. I am grateful to your friends and family who raised you and support you. You help me to see the web of love all around us. Thank you for the work of your books. I share your thoughts with students, and they may share them with others. The ripples go out and out. I’m grateful for this chance to thank you. Joy to you.
Dear Brother David,
Thank you for sharing this beautiful music and the Ken Wilber quote. How true, suffering unites us on common ground. Happy Easter!
Lieber Bruder Steindl-Rast,
WIE schön, Ihre Stimme und Ihre Gedanken wieder einmal zu hören! Vielen vielen Dank! Wir vermissen Sie sehr und hoffen , dass Sie bald aus Argentinien zurückkehren können. Ich wünsche Ihnen alles erdenklich Gute !
In tiefer Dankbarkeit für SIE und all Ihr so kostbares, wertvolles und anregendes Gedankengut über so viele Jahre hinweg!
Sie haben mein Leben damit tiefgreifend beeinflusst!
Dear Br. David, thank you so much for kindly sharing the wonderful quote by Ken Wilber and the beautiful music! I cannot tell you in words how much ANGL has profoundly transformed my life! I THANK YOU and I trust you can know what my heart is saying that words cannot express. God bless you, dear Br. David. Please know how much you are loved and appreciated!
Peace, Sheila 🕊💞
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