[quote="Dorothy, post:4, topic:278430"]
Your questions made me smile, because I refer to myself as spending half of my time as a hermit, and the other half as part of some kind of Christian community.
My "rule of life" is what is required of me as a Lay Carmelite (Liturgy of the Hours Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer, and 1/2 hour of meditation daily.)
I get up early enough, so that enables me to also include the Office of Readings. Being a widow and empty-nester, I can attend Mass every morning, except Saturday morning as my parish does not have a Mass at that time.
Next to Scripture, "Divine Intimacy" is my favorite spiritual book to meditate with.
Every Monday afternoon I have about six lady friends over for an hour of prayer that consists of the Scriptural Rosary, and other prayers, then a song from CD with quiet time. After that we have coffee and some time to share.
There is another, larger Scriptural Rosary group that meets at a lady friend's home, and she can accommodate up to twenty women.
About once a week I invite about four friends over for a pot luck lunch, and then we watch a movie about a saint and discuss it. I do not care to watch TV at all.
Recently at our Friday morning Reflection Time group that meets after Mass, we just completed watching the ten one-hour presentations by Father Robert Barron called "Catholicism". Everyone loved it!
Every Wednesday after morning Mass there is a group of us who go out to Denny's for breakfast. We have been doing that for many years.....we call it the "breakfast of holy obligation". :) During that time we get to discuss what is going on at the parish, CCD, who needs a call or visit at the hospital, and what we can donate to the homeless (clothes, shoes, snacks, backpacks) that several of the group go to assist every Monday morning at a local St. Vincent de Paul outreach that provides showers, laundry facilities, and sandwiches.
Occasionally I pray a Scriptural Rosary with a friend while walking up and down near an abortion clinic.
Working in my garden gives me physical exercise.
Fortunately, my youngest daughter lives in town, and I get to see her, her husband and my two grandsons often.
My home is always open for my other visiting children and grandchildren, and it is great to have them when they can come.
I bet this is longer than what you expected, and although I may not be an authentic "hermit", I do have a lot of silent, alone time to study and pray, and a nice balance of Christian community.
Dorothy, I envy the life you have. In a good way, It's a great thing to fill your time with things of the Lord and in encouraging the brethren.
I just purchased Divine Intimacy by the way. :)