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Wednesday, January 28, 2004

 



On emptiness and fullness


“The [apostles led by Peter] had “worked all night and caught nothing.” But next moment the boat was so full of fish that they were in danger of sinking. It’s a spectacular contrast between emptiness and fullness. As usual, these opposites are not enemies. There is some sense in which we have to be empty if we are to receive. What freedom would be ours if we could sit down sometimes with our emptiness (empty feelings especially) and see it not as something to be avoided at all costs, but as a purification and a clearing of space for something new to be born. In fact we will never come to anything new if we are afraid of emptiness; our whole lives will be only a rearrangement of what we already have. No one has expressed it so well as St. John of the Cross.”


“‘To reach satisfaction in all. To come to possess all.
Desire its possession in nothing. Desire the possession of nothing.
To come to the knowledge of all. To arrive at being all.
Desire the knowledge of nothing. Desire to be nothing.’”


-From Claretian Publications Inc. and Claretian in the Philippines




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