vox eremita

Blessed Easter Tide ~ On the Primacy of Solitude ~ The Path of a Hermit

 Discovering the immensity of love.


  • The primary application of our vocation is to give ourselves to the silence and solitude of the hermitage. 
  • Solitude is holy ground, the area where God and his servant hold frequent conversations, as between friends.
  • In friendship, the soul often unites itself to the Word of God, bride to the groom, the earth to the sky, human to the divine.


We share certain eremitic values with other contemplative monks, for example: silence, work, poverty, chastity, obedience, listening to Scripture, prayer, and humility. Others are our own.

  • The first essential characteristic of our life is the vocation of solitude, to which we are especially called. The hermit monk searches for God in solitude.
  • Eremitic life thus consists of this journey towards the heart and all the meaning of our life is oriented towards this end.
  • The heart found in solitude enables and nurtures the hermit, uniting his life to charity, welcoming Jesus into the depths of his heart.


Jesus, obedient to the Father and the Holy Spirit, lived in poverty and chastity of heart and life

Jesus, obedient to the Father and the Holy Spirit, lived in poverty and chastity of heart and life


This end unites us in heart and spirit with other hermits, contemplative monks, brothers, and sisters, called to the life of prayer and solitude, whether solitude be permanent, regular, or periodic within a more active apostolate.

Especially united in heart, spirit, and solidarity with other hermits, monks, brothers, and sisters called into the deeper waters of solitude.

We share certain charisms with Carmelite, Carthusian, Cistercian, and others within the Church, while honouring the gospel path unique to our vocation, of which the essential characteristics are:

  • in solitude with hermitage
  • with community in diocese
  • in work with society
  • with liturgy in Church

The goal of the eremitic Franciscan way follows the four fold path of Saint Clare of Assisi:

  • Gazing upon the Cross of Jesus Crucified for our sake,
  • Considering Jesus Crucified in love for us and all the world,
  • Contemplating the depth of this mystery of God within the heart,
  • Imitating our Beloved by becoming one with His Heart and Life,

In our life, the goal is to be transformed into the image of the crucified Spouse, to become vessels of God’s compassionate love for others.



Jesus transforms us by his Cross, as we join with him in that gift of self to others.


With our Holy Father Saint Francis of Assisi, Mother Saint Clare of Assisi, and Mary Immaculate Queen of Heaven, this is a Mysticism of Motherhood.

In prayer, we bring Christ to birth in our lives, giving Christ voice and life once again in the Church and the world.

When Christ lives again in our lives, this is the fruit and summit of penitence.


A Franciscan hermit in prayer


In Saint Francis words,

“We are mothers when we carry Him in our heart and body through love and a pure and sincere conscience; and give Him birth through a holy activity, which must shine before others by example.” (Later Admonition and Exhortation)


  • Only when we become fully human can we radiate Christ’s love to others.
  • In the full disclosure of one’s humanity lies the glory of God.


Franciscan friars of the Holy Land celebrating the feast of St Francis, however, their joy and message is very much Easter too! "For the Lord God Om-ni-po-tent Reign-eth." From:http://en.lpj.org/2011/10/04/joie-et-simplicite-en-la-fete-de-saint-francois/

Franciscan friars of the Holy Land celebrating the feast of St Francis, however, their joy and message is very much Easter too! “For the Lord God Om-ni-po-tent Reign-eth.” From:http://en.lpj.org/2011/10/04/joie-et-simplicite-en-la-fete-de-saint-francois/


This is a joy filled life. A life worth living.

A hermit in the Franciscan charism is not isolated, but lives at the heart of the Church.

A hermit in the Franciscan charism lives within a diocese and a parish, where solitude and prayer is a service of loving kindness, compassion, and outpouring of prayer for others.

A hermit in the Franciscan charism serves the bishop, priests, and people of God within the diocese and the whole Church, while embracing the world.

A hermit in the Franciscan charism serves humanity by consecrating the secular world and those in most need of God’s mercy, most especially, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Queen of Heaven.

  • Our life is centred and grounded within the mystical body of Christ and our participation in this mystery.
  • God takes on our flesh so that we might discover God’s eternal face, boundless love, and endless mercy within our bodies and in our lives.
  • Prayer channels us into the depths of the Christ mystery where the fullness of our humanity is transformed in the true joy of the gospel way of life, and this way is our happiness and fulfillment.


Jesus Sermon on the Mount, by Gustave Dore.

Jesus Sermon on the Mount, by Gustave Dore. “Blessed are the… for they…”


In eremitic solitude we are embraced by Jesus’ purity of heart in charity of being:

  • Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Mt 5:8)

In eremitic voice we are embraced by Jesus’ peace of heart in charity of being:

  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.

In eremitic apostolate we are embraced by Jesus’ mercy of heart in charity of being:

  • Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.


Inspired by Carthusian brothers, we add our voice to theirs in this celestial solitude and endless praise to God, and say…

“Whoever perseveres without defiance in the cell and lets himself be taught by it tends to make his entire existence a single and continual prayer. But he may not enter into this rest without going through the test of a difficult battle. It is the austerities to which he applies himself as someone close to the Cross, or the visits of God, coming to test him like gold in the fire. Thus purified by patience, fed and strengthened by studied meditation of Scripture, introduced by the grace of the Holy Spirit in the recesses of his heart, he will thus be able to, not only serve God, but adhere to him.”

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Blessed Easter to you and your family, in this year of our Lord’s resurrection 2014. May all peace and mercy be poured out by miracles of healing, making you strong in your body and mind, and giving you the tools of faith and hope you need to face each challenge today and for the weeks and months ahead. Bless your heart, your life, and your mind. Thank you for reading this page. Jesus our Great King shine on you always, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


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Author: Joseph Bowers PhD

Dr Joseph Bowers holds a Ph.D. Counselling, M.Ed. Counselling, Grad. Cert. Higher Education, and B.A. with Distinction in Religious Studies and Philosophy. Joseph is a founding member of the counselling profession in Australia, Honorary of the Australian Counselling Association, and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the UNE. His experience since the 1980s includes roles in Pastoral Counselling, Counselling Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision and Counsellor Education; for the past two decades training therapists and in practice as a specialist in personal development, disability and mental health. He is currently doing a post-doctoral study in spirituality leading to a doctorate in theology.

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