If it is true that solitude diverts us from our fear and anger and makes us empty for a relationship with God, then it is also true that our emptiness provides a very large and sacred space where we can welcome all the people of the world. There is a powerful connection between our emptiness and our ability to welcome. When we give up what sets us apart from others— not just property but also opinions, prejudices, judgments, and mental preoccupations—then we have room within to welcome friends as well as enemies.
He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked through all the dough." - Matthew 13: 33 (NIV)
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