A Heart Hollowed Out

A reflection for Tuesday in Holy Week:

A cup must be empty 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 God’s 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 the heart. God’s word, Christ, can take root only in a hollow.

William Breault, SJ

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Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is Ignatian Spirituality A to Z. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

1 Comment on A Heart Hollowed Out

  1. “…and laid it in his new tomb he had hewn in the rock.” from the Palm Sunday reading of the Passion of Our Lord. Perhaps we can extend the metaphor from Fr. Breault. Even a stone, cold heart can be hollowed out to receive the love and promise of New Life in the Lord.

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