II. 1. Ecclesial recognition
II. 2. In the Silence of Solitude
II. 3. In Praise of His Glory
II. 4. Separation from the world
III. 1. Typology of hermits
III. 2. Vocation to hermit life
III. 3. According to one way of life
III. 4. The hermit’s work and space
IV. 1. The member incorporated into an Institute of Consecrated Life or a Society of Apostolic Life
IV. 2. The Hermit Cleric
IV. 3. Transfer to another Diocese
IV. 4. Abandonment of hermit life
I. Example of formula for purpose and some profession
II. Proposed life project plan
1. “I will open a way in the desert” (Is 43,19). The verse of the prophet offers us the suggestive horizon of the desert – dear to the imagination of hermit life – and, at the same time, recalls the metaphor of the path traced by God, on which the disciple sets out in search of His face. From the East to the West, the Christian tradition has been crossed by the luminous presence of men and women who have lived, with singular radicalism, the a more exact follower of Christ in the hermit life form. From the beginning, the first testimonies recall what is typical of a life given to God, “to the praise of the glory of his grace” (Eph 1,6).
Hermit life is expressed in the choice to live an intense and exclusive search for the gaze of God, stimulated by the desire for intimate union with Him, giving oneself up to Him alone in the most rigorous separation from the world. The life of soli Deo(1) takes root in the very heart of the Church and of humanity, opening itself to fruitful intercession.
The Church wishes to give thanks for this “precious pearl” (Mt 13:44), placed at the same time at the center and on the margins of the life of Christian communities and seen with respect by the Pastors of particular Churches, aware of their duty to preserve its authenticity and support it in its development.
The Orientations of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, in line with the tradition of hermit life and within the framework of can. 603, particularly concern the hermits, men and women, who depend directly on the diocesan bishop and observe, under his guidance, the form of life which is proper to them. (2).
Translation of the journal
Consecrated Lives. (1) cf. Teodoro Studida,Parva catechesis
, ed. E. Auvray, Paris 1981, 141-142. (2) see can. 603 § 2; Pope John Paul II, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Consecrated life March 25, 1996, no. 7; DC