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  • Deacon Dan Wright serves the Diocese of Austin, Texas. His work outside the parish is as a special education teacher serving students with significant cognitive disabilities.



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October 04, 2006



Well, I must agree. But that learning hurts worse than an appendectomy, from what the newly appendix-less tell me.

A beautiful reflection. We're grateful.



Yes, kenosis goes well beyond any arbitrary acts of self-denial, doesn't it? It is on a higher level, a higher plane; it is a way of being, and ultimately, this self-emptying includes and surpasses any and all individual acts of self-denial possible. Kenosis, as a way of living, becomes one's discipline of denial. Basil Pennington said that Thomas Merton had an "ascesis of generosity", and I think what he meant was, Merton lived a life of kenosis.


Merton managed never to shut anyone out. Even now, folks walk right into his wide-open monastic arms to celebrate Christ with him. Is that what "ascesis of generosity" means?

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