Lent with Thomas Merton – 1

2016-02-12T08:37:56-04:00February 12th, 2016|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

Thomas Merton was a hermit at the Trappist Monastery of Gethesamani in Kentucky. His autobiography The Seven Story  Mountain is one of the best tales of God getting hold of a man and that man's true conversion. Merton's later life was controversial as he was caught up in the turmoil of the 1960s, but his writings are beautiful [...]

The Hermits of Camaldoli

2016-02-09T13:09:17-04:00February 9th, 2016|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

The hermits of Camaldoli were founded by St Romuald--a Benedictine monk-- in the mountains of central Italy in 1012. It is the home base of the Camaldolese Monastic order. I visited Camaldoli in the summer of 1987 during my hitch hiking pilgrimage from England to the Holy Land. It was a long hike up the mountain before [...]

On Solitude and Loneliness

2015-12-05T09:10:52-04:00December 5th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , |

Solitude is not loneliness and loneliness is not simply being alone. Loneliness is a condition of the heart, not the circumstances of life. When one is lonely there is a lack of knowing love in the depth of the human heart. Loneliness is a symptom of the yawning absence at the foundation level of each human [...]

Emily Dickinson: A Kind of Hermit

2015-12-04T19:39:06-04:00December 4th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

Emily Dickinson's Home with her room illuminated A reminder that there are those with a hermit's heart who are not Catholic and have never taken vows. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet. Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Although part of a prominent family with strong ties to its [...]

Mt Athos

2015-12-04T19:27:52-04:00December 4th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

The Holy Mountain - Mount Athos is the premier monastery--or collection of monasteries in the Eastern Orthodox faith. Located on a peninsula in Northeastern Greece... Mount Athos has been inhabited since the ancient times and is known for its nearly 1,800-year continuous Christian presence and its long historical monastic traditions, which date back to at least 800 A.D. and [...]

Luke Skywalker, Skellig Michael and Star Wars

2015-12-01T12:56:44-04:00December 1st, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

Skellig Michael The ancient Irish hermitages of Skellig Michael were used as a location for filming the new Star Wars movie. Skellig Michael (Irish: Sceilig Mhichíl), or Great Skellig (Irish: Sceilig Mhór) is the larger of the two Skellig Islands located 11.6 km west of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland.[2] A Christian monastery was founded on the island at some point between the 6th and 8th [...]


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