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Today I read a little bit about St. Antony and MAN, was it inspiring! He did so many things (like live on bread and water, slept on the floor, lived alone in a castle, etc.) that were just amazing. But then I wanted to know if people today still do that. I can't really see someone being able to do things that St. Antony did because of the kind of government and relationships we have today. (Plus, how do you even live by yourself in the middle of the wilderness anyway?). So I ask you all:
What is a modern form of hermits and just awesome holiness (like St. Antony) that people can obtain today?
Yes, people today still live as hermits. These days you would work towards becoming a Canonical Diocesan Hermit. You write your own rule of life, which will need to be approved by your bishop, you make your vows to the bishop, and you can live in a city or in the country. Where you live would depend on your needs and the wishes of the bishop. Diocesan hermits, if the bishop approves, may wear a habit or cowl.
I don't know about you, but where I live it'd be totally impractical to live alone in the country. It gets too cold, too much snow to shovel. Because of the weather it's just unsafe. Oh the joys of living in the colder parts of Canada. :)
I'm not sure if this is ever done anymore, but considering the cost of living these days it might be more practical to live as an anchorite. An anchorite being someone who lives in basically a cell that is attached to a parish. The quote below does say the Church recognizes anchorites, but I've never actually heard of one. And I've never heard of a Church with a room appropriate for an anchorite to live in. But hey, if it's God's will for someone to live that way then he'll make it happen!
"Can. 603 §1 Besides institutes of consecrated life, the Church recognises the life of hermits or anchorites, in which Christ's faithful withdraw further from the world and devote their lives to the praise of God and the salvation of the world through the silence of solitude and through constant prayer and penance.
§2 Hermits are recognised by law as dedicated to God in consecrated life if, in the hands of the diocesan Bishop, they publicly profess, by a vow or some other sacred bond, the three evangelical counsels, and then lead their particular form of life under the guidance of the diocesan Bishop ."
An article written by the sister of a real modern western hermit.