Well, as some of you might know, I’ve been seeking to become a Lay Hermit. After a lot of counceling [thank you every one!] and a lot of poking arround the internet [who’d knew that researching such a theme would give out so many definitions of the word and tutorials on how to become a secular, misanthropist recluse!], I’ve began drafting my personal Plan of Life, based on the celtic tradiction.
I’ve been following the following for a few months:
1 - Starting the day with the daily offering and the Lord’s prayer.
2 - An early walk though the forest. Silence to enjoy God’s work in Nature. Sadly, the areas of untouched wilderness are disappearing and it’s getting harder and harder to do. It’s my way to remember myself that God is everyehere and we are constantly in His presence.
3 - I do daily Lectio Divina, and writte both what I’ve studied as my findings down.
4 - I pray before my meals and before preparing the food.
5 - Daily mass, and if that’s not possible, I pray the 1896 Spiritual Mass discovered by Suzane Umlor, which is what I usualy do, since I live in a remote location outside any parish.
6 - I make Sobriety, Simplicity and Solitude as my vows. Sadly, since some of my friends have been having mental breaks [and one even tryed to kill himself], I’ve been breaking away from solitude to help them, and this works as my charity work.
7 - I pray the Divine Mercy chaplet often, sometimes several times a day.
8 - In my prayers, I’ve adopted the habit of rarely “asking” something for myself, praying for others instead. This prayers may range from help for healing to prayers of Spiritual Battle.
9 - A Yearly retreat will be made by myself. This can be ocasionaly replaced by a Pilgrimage, under advisement
So? Any comments, any suggestions will be welcomed.