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The Conditions of a Solitary Bird

Exploring a life of silence and solitude as a religious hermit

Solitary Bird
22 May 1954
I am exploring a vocation to a life of solitude and silence as an Anglican solitary, a type of religious hermit.

Find out what that means.
Learn how I got to this place in my life.
More about what it means.
My Rule of Life.

This spiritual journey is exciting and daunting. This journal is my record of it, especially for the benefit of friends who are curious about what is happening with me.

The conditions of a solitary bird are five:
The first, that it flies to the highest point.
Second, that it does not seek after company,
not even of its own kind.
Third, that it aims its beak to the wind.
Fourth, that it has no definite color.
Fifth, that it sings very sweetly.

John of the Cross, from "Sayings of Light and Love"