Executive-style Hermitages

Reflecting on the idea of the Hermitage and my own Hesychasterion, I am somewhat conflicted given the account of the Hermitages available at Glencomeragh House, a Roman Catholic House of Prayer in Ireland. It is a house of The Rosminians, a group of priests, brothers and sisters, members of a Catholic Religious Order, The Institute of Charity.

“Each hermitage is centred around a sacred space, which invites you to connect with your inner self. This space is open to the elements, symbolizing the vulnerability at the centre of each human heart. At the same time the hermitages reach outward, to bring you closer to the wonders of God’s creation in beautiful natural surroundings…. All four hermitages have a double bed and a sofa bed (double). Three hermitages on the hill have sunken Jacuzzi baths; one by the river is wheelchair friendly. Each hermitage is fitted with under floor heating and has all necessary cooking (oven, hob, microwave) and washing/drying facilities, fireplace (use firelogs/briquettes only), Satellite TV, DVD player, line access to internet, if desired”: http://www.glencomeragh.ie/Hermitages

A glassed inner courtyard offers a brief hint of the outside world for those who prefer fewer distractions.

Obviously, my original conception of a Hermitage is long out of date, and some major renovations needs to be undertaken to bring The Hermitage of Saint Cedd up to standard!


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