Here is a curiosity piece about a Romanian hermit whose computer, printer, cellphone, and television were stolen from the cave in which he lives. The news item is below or read it at http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1257767.html.
Hi-tech haul stolen from monk’s cave
Romanian police are investigating after a £3,000 worth of computer
equipment was stolen from a recluse monk’s cave.
Burglars forced the cave door, near Agapia village in Neamt county, and made off the the monk’s high tech possessions.
They took his new HP laptop, Leadtek TV tuner, HP multifunctional printer and mobile phone.
Police spokesman Neculai Costan told Monitorul de Neamt newspaper: “We made preliminary investigations and already have a circle of suspects.
“It was a surprise for us to have a monk complaining for such a heist. But he said he needed the gear because he wanted to keep pace with society even if he lives in recluse.”
In this pleasant Quest Magazine article (Theosophical Society in America), J. D. Walker, who describes herself as an artist in the Chinese ink painting tradition and a hermit in the Tibetan Drikung Kagyud tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism, discusses hermitage literature and the wisdom of hermits. URL: http://www.theosophical.org/theosophy/questmagazine/mayjune2001/walker/. Brought to our attention by a friend of Hermitary.
A friend of Hermitary suggests the following web sites for information about some contemporary hermit orders: Community of the Servants of the Will of God (http://orders.anglican.org/arcyb/cswg.html), Heartsong Hermitage (http://www.prayer4you.org), Franciscan Missionary Hermits of St. Joseph (http://www.medugorje.com/fmhj), and International Fellowship of St. Bruno/St. Bruno Lay Contemplatives (http://www.laycarthusians.homestead.com), with pages on the Community of Hermits of St. Bruno (http://http://www.laycarthusians.homestead.com/CHSB.html) and the Hermits of Bethlehem (http://www.laycarthusians.homestead.com/Lit1.html) founded by the popular priest and writer Eugene Romano.
John Horgan is a science journalist, skeptical about spiritual topics but intrigued enough to pursue what he calls (and titles his latest book) “rational mysticism.” So his pursuit of the Catholic lay brother, writer and part-time hermit David Steindl-Rast (now at Sky Farm Hermitage), is interesting for what it reveals about Steindl-Rast’s eclectic spirituality and how his eremiticism is a part of his personality and thinking. The essay is “A Modern Catholic Mystic” at John Horgan’s own web site. URL: http://www.johnhorgan.org/work6.htm.