Saturday, 23 November 2013

Solitaries and Hermits . . . .

It may have been a while coming, but, surprisingly I have only recently discovered the popularity of 'urban' Monasticism and also found out what a solitary is !  Strange it's taken me this long, but delighted to have had my eyes opened to this way of life. 

I stumbled across a few articles in the press about people who have been called to take up this way of life.  they are interesting reading.

An article from the Tablet is a good place to start as a background to all of this called "The hermits Battle." More personal accounts can be found in an article taken from The Independent, called "British hermits : the growing lure of the solitary life."  In the telegraph an article called "Life lessons from modern day hermits", Stafford Whiteaker near Malvern and Sarah Maitland near Stranraer are chronicled.   Rachel Denton celebrates a life of solitude in Lincolnshire and is the subject of a BBC article, "The Modern hermit living in an end of terrace house."

Organisations in support of this growing way of life include the Fellowship of Solitaries and the Association of British Contemplatives.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Saint Charbel Movie

I love these excerpts from the 1960s film about the life of Saint Charbel.  If you want more have a look at the whole film which can be viewed online by clicking here !  St Charbel deserves to be more well known in the West.

St Charbel Maklouf

There is a widespread opinion that ministry and community are the crucible of the Christian life.  Where there are signs of growth, there is true faith.  This may be true in part, but the example of St Charbel reveals a ministry and spirituality lived in isolation.   Find out more about him here