Saturday, October 23, 2010
Catholic Hermit Is Asked Again....
The request for clarification regards the descriptor and condition of hermit life as "hidden". See the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 920 and specifically 921. (CL603 does not vary much in content or intent from this, as well.)
"...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 [Christ] is everything to him. Here is a particular call to find in the desert, in the thick of spiritual battle, the glory of the Crucified One" (emphases added).
I do not know what is so difficult to comprehend in the fact that hermits are called to be HIDDEN from the EYES of MEN.
Those who may remain confused on the issue, read the concise, defining points of the eremitic vocation in the Catechism, 920-21, and the brief, clear-cut CL603. There is no need for anyone to obfuscate these few lines of what has always and should always be the hermit life, of stricter separation from the world, solitary, prayerful, and as is specifically stated, hidden. If still confused, take your cues, above all, from Jesus Christ.
Note: I have edited my postscript, as a handful struggle to accept cited truth as well as personal observations. Since the blogs receive heavy traffic, the proceeding post contains the citations referenced above.