+ Dear Friends,
This picture contains my most urgent good wish for 2016.
My revered friends Shams Anwari Hortense Reintjens-Anwari
sent me this remarkable link between two traditions: Islam and Christianity.
An Arab book-illustrator painted this picture in the 12th century.
That was the bloodstained century of the first three crusades.
And yet, Jesus and Mohammed are shown traveling toward the same goal.

That we may clearly name this goal: A world at peace;
that we may soberly recognize this as our only chance for survival;
that we may work for it fervently, nonviolently, bravely, and creatively,
and ask daily: How have I personally brought us closer toward that goal?
That is my New Year’s wish for all of us as we enter 2016.

 Deeply concerned, but full of hope,
Your brother David

Jesus, Mohammed, horseback, together, peace

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Brother David Steindl-Rast — author, scholar, and Benedictine monk — is beloved the world over for his enduring message about gratefulness as the true source of lasting happiness. Known to many as the “grandfather of gratitude,” Br. David has been a source of inspiration and spiritual friendship to countless leaders and luminaries around the world including Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Merton, and more. He has been one of the most important figures in the modern interfaith dialogue movement, and has taught with thought-leaders such as Eckhart Tolle, Jack Kornfield, and Roshi Joan Halifax. His wisdom has been featured in recent interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Krista Tippett, and Tami Simon and his TED talk has been viewed almost 10,000,000 times. Learn more about Br. David here.