Making Death

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Making Death
But mortification - literally, 'making death' - is what life is all about, a slow discovery of the mortality of all that is created so that we can appreciate its beauty without clinging to it as if it were a lasting possession.
Our lives can indeed be seen as a process of becoming familiar with death, as a school in the art of dying... all these times have passed by like friendly visitors, leaving you with dear memories but also with the sad recognition of the shortness of life.
In every arrival there is a leave-taking; in every reunion there is a separation; in each one's growing up there is a growing old; in every smile there is a tear; and in every success there is a loss. All living is dying and all celebration is mortification too.

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