Sunday, September 11 — Emptiness

This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on U.S. soil.  We will offer blessings and prayers in remembrance of this day.

The philosopher emperor Marcus Aurelius is quoted as saying:

“God, whose love and joy are present everywhere,

can’t come to visit you unless you aren’t there.”

The concept of emptying oneself is found in many spiritual traditions, the most familiar being in Buddhism.  There is no space for God or truth if we are filled up with ourselves—that is, our selfish interests and agendas, our judgments and resentments.

In order for us to discover the love and compassion that is within us, God’s presence within us, we must make room.  We must empty ourselves and allow God to fill us up, or, in reality, allow God to help us rediscover our identity that has been hidden beneath the identity we have made for ourselves.

This Sunday, we’ll explore what it means to create space for God.

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