Now, here is a vocation I haven't thought about recently (although some days, I have to say, it sounds mighty appealing!), but Theresa Thomas just wrote an article about her sister who is a modern-day hermit.
As the article states: "According to definition, a hermit withdraws from the world, and spends most of the day in seclusion and silence, praying and fasting. A hermit publicly professes the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience, and follows a rule of life that the local bishop has approved. Mary’s specific rule and vows reflect her vocation of being a hermit of “crucified love”, which means her “plan of life” is centered on Christ crucified. Mary begins her day, fittingly, with Mass and spends many hours praying before the Blessed Sacrament. Because her “charism” is crucified love, she makes certain to spend the particular hours of noon to 3 p.m. in prayer and Adoration in church. Additional prayer and good works-physical and spiritual – accompany her time."
It truly is a fascinating article about a way of life I wasn't even sure existed anymore: My Sister the Hermit