Kinds of Monks part 2

The second are the anchorites – hermits: that is, those who, not in the first fervor of monastic life, but after long probation in the monastery, have learned by the help and experience of others to fight against the devil. They go forth well-armed from the ranks of their brethren to the solitary combat of the desert. They are not able to fight safely without the support of others, by their own strength and with God’s assistance, against the vices of flesh and thoughts.

Rule of Benedict, Chapter 1


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