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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Sara Maitland: desert silence

In Christian Century (March 2012 issue) author Sara Maitland (A Book of Silence, 2010; How to Be Alone, 2014) has written of her annual journey to the Sinai desert seeking meditative silence. From the article: I feel a strong spiritual affinity for deserts. For the last six years I have lived as a semihermit on […]

Sr. Mariam, Oregon hermit nun

Portland, Oregon hermit nun Sister Mariam Sharbel Vianney has pursued a long and difficult path to eremitism, as this profile article shows. The career nurse lived through a difficult marriage, subsequently dissolved, raised a son, became a Catholic convert, and today is a cancer survivor. Alone, she wanted to make of her house a private […]