Sunday 23 June 2013

The intuition of deprival

Dynamic statue of Ignatius of Loyola, with Fulton Hall in the background
One of Fred Lawrence’s pregnant asides, after the talk of Jeremy Wilkins: we all have an intuition of deprival. We all desire conversation, and very much. The intuition of deprival is the feeling that we are missing something.... Great phrase, pregnant with meaning, as I said. I wonder what made Fred say that.

Interestingly, Jeremy linked conversation with conversion. I had no idea that the two were linked. Conversatio, he pointed out, was polyvalent term in christian literature. In the Benedictine Rule it simply means living together. Commonly, today, it means an exchange of ideas. But in Fred Lawrence's work it has taken a rich meaning that needs to be attended to, appropriated, unravelled. Perhaps something will be done in the forthcoming Festschrift for Fred that Jeremy and Shawn Copeland are editing. 

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