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Conversazione 2017 - Simplicity (with audios)


Sandro Botticelli's Fortitude

Conversazione is an Italian word.  It is defined as a scholarly or formal gathering where something related to literature or the arts is discussed. The PNEU held these talks in order to drum up interest in the organization, often times with Miss Mason as the speaker.  Each LER begins with a conversazione where I try to share something on my heart that is related to the theme. Each year the Lord brings the elements together in what is, to me, such a surprising way.

The 2017 LER is now over. At least the actual event is over, but I suspect that we will all be thinking about the  many truths shared over the course of the weekend.  So here is the audio of my speech.  Please enjoy listening to it and do let me know your thoughts! I have posted the picture for the picture study and the poem by Mason from The Saviour of the World. Please have those ready when you listen so that you can participate in the immersions and thereby engage in the fullness of the talk. Also, see the link for Highest Thinking and Simplist Living by Mary Beuving at the end.



Teaching from Peace,

Nancy

You might also enjoy Mary Beuving's workshop on Highest Thinking and Simplist Living!

Here is a post I wrote about The Single Eye.

Please note that the correct reference for the Fortitude section by Mason that I read in the speech is Ourselves, Book 2, p. 41.

12 comments:

  1. I'm so excited to listen to this again!! Thanks for posting this Nancy!!

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    1. My pleasure, Andee! It was amazing having you AND Scott there this year. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
      Warmly,
      Nancy

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    1. You bet, Amy! It really is nice to go back over and refresh your thoughts. Hugs to you and Annie.
      Warmly,
      Nancy

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  3. Absolutely loved hearing this, thank you for posting the audio. Just like your talk on humility- I could listen to this one every week for the rest of my life!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! It was a pleasure to deliver - I learned so much!
      Warmly,
      Nancy

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  4. Thank you for making these accessible for those who were there and also those who could not be there. It is very much appreciated.

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    1. You're so welcome, Blossom!
      Warmly,
      Nancy

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  5. Fabulous, as always! Thank you, Nancy. Lots to ruminate on here; I think I need to listen again and again. Many blessings!

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  6. I was just finishing up Screwtape Letters today, and was struck by how he describes so many of our stumbling blocks as people working out our salvation to be rooted in a lack of simplicity or single-mindedness. We err when we work out convoluted plans for things like Unselfishness (which is really a form of martyrdom that bears no resemblance to its positive, outward-focused counterpart, Charity) or read books so that we have clever things to say to friends about them rather than just taking simple, natural pleasure in the good that it is. Those are just a couple of the many examples Lewis gives, and I found myself thinking about your talk while I was reading. Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. Oh, excellent thoughts! I need to read Screwtape Letters again. It's one of those that keeps on giving each time I encounter it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
      Teaching from Peace,
      Nancy

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