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Old 04-24-2016, 02:19 AM
 
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"A man who loves conversation w/Christ, loves to be alone.But he who loves to linger with many is a friend of this world."
-St. Isaac the Syrian

"Hermits, reclusive are not simply people who live alone,nor are they folks who are failures at
living w/others...They separated from others to the extent the silence of solitude demands they be because they love God and all that is precious to God; this is their primary relationship and witness. They allow it to be the foundation of their lives as well as the gift they live for others, their relationship w/ the whole creation is conditioned by their solitary relationship w/God. It allows them to exercise a prophetic presence in the world which desperately needs lives of silence,solitude(a form of communion and relatedness) and loving commitment which are not simply rooted in roles or productivity but related in BEING."

long time reader. These thoughts express an Eastern Orthodox mindset. I am a retired Orthodox priest who spent his nights in study and prayer and occasionally looks at this site. Today is Palm Sunday and I will lay down and get a little rest. God Bless all!
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Old 04-24-2016, 03:28 AM
 
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"A man who loves conversation w/Christ, loves to be alone.But he who loves to linger with many is a friend of this world."
-St. Isaac the Syrian

"Hermits, reclusive are not simply people who live alone,nor are they folks who are failures at
living w/others...They separated from others to the extent the silence of solitude demands they be because they love God and all that is precious to God; this is their primary relationship and witness. They allow it to be the foundation of their lives as well as the gift they live for others, their relationship w/ the whole creation is conditioned by their solitary relationship w/God. It allows them to exercise a prophetic presence in the world which desperately needs lives of silence,solitude(a form of communion and relatedness) and loving commitment which are not simply rooted in roles or productivity but related in BEING."

long time reader. These thoughts express an Eastern Orthodox mindset. I am a retired Orthodox priest who spent his nights in study and prayer and occasionally looks at this site. Today is Palm Sunday and I will lay down and get a little rest. God Bless all!
In this long and fascinating thread you are the first (I believe) to raise the point about how religious monasticism fits into the discussion of the solitary life. But even in monasteries and convents, the monks and nuns do share their lives with the others who live there. Of course you seem to be referring to actual religiously motivated hermits, as opposed to those who live in community under monastic rule.

What I have never understood is the rule of silence in a few of the more extreme monastic traditions. Sophisiticated speech is one thing which separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom and voluntarily giving it up seems so unnatural to me. I have been a talker since childhood and remain one to this day; I would not make a good candidate for the monastic life, even without a rule of silence.

I note this is your first post; welcome to City-Data.
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