A Culture of Emptiness

A Culture of Emptiness

Within himself, St. Francis created
a culture of emptiness,
an empty space for God to fill.
To become empty,
we need to do nothing,
need to press the pause bottom
on our society’s need to be productive,
to always be doing something.

I think we need to create
a culture of emptiness
more than St. Francis did,
as modern life is
so filled with busyness,
so crammed with information and gadgets,
so driven by productiveness,
we are almost incapable of stillness
and can’t tolerate silence.
It was in stillness and silence
that Francis forged
his inner cloister of emptiness
and flamed his desire for God.
For Francis, his form of monasticism
had no walls,
for the world was his cloister;
but he was diligent
in periodically retreating
to places of solitude
where he could be renewed
and find a clear sense of direction
for his forays into the wider world
of activity and human commerce.

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1 Response to “A Culture of Emptiness”


  1. 1 Alex June 9, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    love your thoughts and photos Gerry, thanks for being such a poignant voice and inspiring change. 🙂


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