Little Gidding

2017-10-01T18:32:10-04:00February 1st, 2017|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

Little Gidding is the tiny collection of farm buildings and a church not too far from Cambridge. It was the location of a small religious community headed by Nicholas Ferrar, who was a friend of the poet George Herbert. Eliot made a pilgrimage to the church and wrote his famous poem--the last of his Four Quartets. [...]

The Reasons for Silence

2016-09-07T16:14:28-04:00September 7th, 2016|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , |

Silence is a cornerstone of Benedictine life and spiritual development, but the goal of monastic silence is not non-talking. Instead it is "selective talking." Someone following Jesus Christ in the way of St Benedict will often be silent because he realizes that what he has to say is either disrespectful, gossipy, unfruitful, insulting, vulgar, unkind or [...]

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 [...]

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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