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What are Anchorites/Hermits?

Hermits “devote their lives to the praise of God and salvation of the world through a stricter separation from the world, the silence of solitude and assiduous prayer and penance.”  They manifest to everyone the interior aspect of the mystery of the Church, that is, personal intimacy with Christ. Hidden from the eyes of men, the life of the hermit is a silent preaching of the Lord, to whom he has surrendered his life simply because he is everything to him. Here is a particular call to find in the desert, in the thick of spiritual battle, the glory if the Crucified One.

(from Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Guided by the Holy Ghost, each Hermit Sister uses the gifts God gave her to build the Kingdom of God here on earth. We assist women interested in the eremitical vocation and provide spiritual direction and counsel.

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The hermit lives life in union with Jesus, the Christ. Following Him in a life of prayer without ceasing, to the Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Living Flame of Love. Giving herself totally to Jesus, her beloved spouse, seeking transformation, into himself, to be led into the mystical marriage of union with God. Through Him, with Him, and in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to be another humanity and become a healing flame of love through our prayers and sacrifices for world and Holy Mother Church. Offering her life for the sanctification of priests and salvation of the whole world. She is of one mind and heart with the Bishop of Rome and the whole church.

Essentially, the hermit lives a life Eucharistic, in that it remains a hidden life, veiled under the appearance of silence and solitude. A life of service to God and her fellow man, living the Gospels, the beatitudes in her daily life. Seeking total submission to the Will of God, all done in Love and Charity of heart. Giving thanks, praise and Glory to God, in her waking, and in her sleeping, she seeks to follow the model of our Mother Mary and prompting of the Holy Spirit as handmaid Of the Lord.

Similarly, in the way of our father Elijah, she answers the call deep within her heart: “With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of Hosts.” 1 Kings 19:10 With our Mother Teresa of Jesus she says: “God does not give Himself wholly to us until we give wholly to Him.” Like Saint John of the Cross: The Father spoke one Word, His Son, and the Word he always speaks in eternal silence, and in silence, you will hear Him. She chooses the better part, like Mary our Mother in the silence and solitude where we hear and learn to do His Will. “Do whatever he tells you.”

  • The Flower of Carmel Hermitage is working towards beginning a Laura, which means a community of hermits. We are depending on God’s Divine Providence to bring good souls who are called to the Eremetical life in a Laura. We would then be looking for land to purchase or benefactors to help purchase or donate land to us.
  • Our bishop believes it would be a blessing for our diocese and a power house of prayer, so to speak .
  • The good news is that anyone who helps work toward this endeavor becomes a partaker in our mission which is making reparation for our sins and the sins of the world in a life of prayer without ceasing, alone with God in our hermitages.
  • The Hermit Sisters will live in their own individual hermitages, coming together on Sundays, Feast Days and Holy Days for a meal in common and to chant the Divine Office together in chapel. Other than that we would live a life of complete silence and solitude. If there are consecrated hermits seeking to be part of a Laura, please feel free to send an email for further information on our contact page.
  • Please pray for us as we seek to do His will and bring Glory to God here on earth. Be assured of our continued prayers and sacrifices for all of you and your families.
  • At this time we are also looking for a seamstress to sew our habits. In your charity, if you know of anyone, please send them our way. We would be very grateful!  Thank you!

DAILY HORARIUM:

5:00 A.M.
Begin the Day of Desert Spirituality for the Hermit.
Morning Lauds, Holy Liturgy, prime, terita (minor offices)

10:00 A.M.
Chores/work/appointments when needed

Afternoon – early evening
Lunch
Adoration – minor offices, rosary and contemplation, study, recreation, and rest

Evening – Retire
Adoration, silent prayer, Vespers, Spiritual Reading, Compline, Retire

12 A.M. or there after
Matins

First Friday and Saturday, if possible, Vigils from 11:00 PM until 12:30 A,M. followed by Matins

Sunday being associated with the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord, is a day of Joy and Holy Leisure recreational activity, no work is done prayer is same as during the week. Solemnities are also occasions for Joy and Holy Leisure, prayer same as during the week.

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A “Desert Spirituality” involves accepting the poverty of ones own heart, allowing oneself to be led by Jesus through His Word and the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit. It is a call to continuing conversion, a way of discovering the forgiving and healing love of the Father, and of entering more deeply into union with Him.

Additionally, the teaching of St. Peter Damian is important to understanding the solitary communion of the hermit with the entire Church. The prayer of the hermit cannot be strictly solitary, while physically isolated; the hermit is fully present to the Church. Damian called the hermit a minor ecclesia, a Church in miniature, in communion with all of its members.

Life is a radical choice of God and a life of radical solidarity with all of humanity.

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