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The Spiritual Challenge of Our Time with David Steindl-Rast

Posted November 07 2014
We are pleased to bring you another new release from Brother David Steindl-Rast.  In The Spiritual Challenge of Our Time, we explore characterize our time and being spiritual.   

"So since we are speaking about the spiritual challenge of our time, we have to ask ourselves at least these three questions. What is our time? What characterizes our time? What characterizes the spiritual challenge of our time or what characterizes a challenge as being spiritual? What is a challenge all together?

Those are questions which the answers we shouldn’t take for granted.  Finally, we are going to have to ask ourselves, how do we go about it? At least in a sort of rudimentary way and get some basic idea. So what characterizes our time? What characterizes a challenge as spiritual, and how can we go about that challenge? How can we meet that challenge in our time? Of course, you may have many very good ideas as to what characterizes our time, and I would be perfectly willing to follow somebody else’s ideas for characteristics of our time, but I find one characteristic so outstanding that I think it could serve us as a starting point this evening. It is a negative characteristic, but since we speak of challenge, we are probably looking for a negative experience that will challenge us and so in the end leads to something positive.  Now, what characterizes our time above all seems to be uprootedness.  That we are uprooted, and maybe we have come here precisely because we experience that strongly and come to a place like the New York Open Center, where people try to find their roots again, to root themselves again."

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