Do you “have a sincere desire to live a life of prayerful solitude given entirely to the love of God, that is: to embody in one’s own being the mystery of the Incarnate Word; to live in the Paschal Mystery of the Cross and Resurrection?
Do you “have a deep love for prayer and a contemplative eremitical way of life; a life given to unceasing prayer and penance in union with Jesus and nourished on the Bread of the Word and the Bread of the Eucharist”? (Extracts from ”A Way of Desert Spirituality, THE PLAN OF LIFE of the Hermits of Bethlehem” by Reverend Eugene Romano, page 82)
“The life of the hermit is characterized by assiduous prayer, the daily asceticism of eremitic life, support of one another by silent presence and a weekly opportunity for sharing. The hermit life today, like Anthony’s in the third and fourth centuries, is an invitation to the Church and world to take seriously the gospel message and to respond to the gospel with zeal and purity of heart. The gospel calls us to a full response. We are to be perfect, striving for love for God, love for neighbor, orthodoxy of faith. For the hermit this means living in desert silence and solitude for the glory of God and for the salvation of the world. As Anthony said, “Perfection is within our possibility because God dwells in us and gives the grace.”
(Extracts from ”A Way of Desert Spirituality, THE PLAN OF LIFE of the Hermits of Bethlehem” by Reverend Eugene Romano, page XXXV)