a hollowed out space


Lord, my cup must be emptied
   before it can be filled.
If it is already full, it can’t be filled again
   except by emptying it out.
In order to fill anything
   there must be a hollowed out space.
Otherwise it can’t receive.

This is especially true of your word.
In order to receive it,
   we must be hollowed out.
We must be capable of receiving it,
   emptied of the false self
   and its endless demands.

When Christ came,
   there was no room in the inn.
It was full.
The inn is a symbol of my heart.
Your word, Christ,
   can take root only in a hollow.

William Breault, SJ, 1926 – 2015, writer and artist in California


But whatever were gains to me
   I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.


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