Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The New Urban Hermit
The Saturday Evening Post has an article about "The New Urban Hermit" in its May/June issue.
The article describes a trend in which some people seek "the silence of solitude, and the spiritual contemplation it allows." Among those featured in the article is Sister Laurel O'Neal of the Camaldolese Benedictines, who lives in a one-bedroom apartment in California's Bay Area.
The hermits support themselves with some kind of work - Sister O'Neal does some spiritual direction - and do mix with other people, at least occasionally. In addition to meeting with clients, for example, Sister O'Neal goes to daily Mass, and plays violin in an orchestra once a week.
Some also communicate in limited ways through social media and blogs.
But they also spend a lot of time in prayer and spiritual pursuits.
The article appealed to me because I could imagine myself doing something like that. Many summers I have almost no contact with others except for daily Mass.
I can't be a complete hermit - that would not be fair to my wife. But I might try to be more of one when the school year ends.
Apparently there is a newsletter for hermits called Raven's Bread, Food for Those in Solitude, and a site, Raven's Bread Hermit Ministries. Gotta check that out.
Pax et bonum