There is a Catholic hermit who is praying for us, but he is cold as Winter approaches because he can't afford a stove!
Fr. George Byers, C.P.M. is building Holy Souls Hermitage in the North Carolina Mountains. His mission is to pray for us. Just today, Holy Mass was offered according to the 1962 Missal for the intentions of his benefactors.
In his spare time over the past year, he has been tutoring me in my seminary courses while I undergo cancer treatments, keeping me from falling behind and actually putting me ahead of schedule with my courses.
However, Winter is approaching, and he is getting cold. From his blog:
"People’s idea of being a hermit involves being out in the desert. The usual paintings of hermits involve being half-dressed, baking to death in the hot sun. Mind you, upper Egypt would be horrifically hot… during the day.
But there are some things that you can only learn with experience. In the desert, it’s not so much the daytime that’s a penance, it’s the nighttime freezing temperatures. There are wild ranges of temperatures from hellishly hot to the cold that one would behold when hell freezes over.
Hermits who live in rain forest mountains[!] can know a wild range of temperatures, though perhaps not so intensely severe. Yet, the other day, it went — in the fahrenheit scale — from the mid 80's during the day down to the 30's at night. 50 degrees in about six hours. Yikes! Great football weather. Great lumberjack weather. But hard to live in outdoor temps 24/7. Which is the reason for a cave, or, lacking a cave, a hermitage, with a stove, with stove pipe!
The cost is $1,506.98. I can’t solicit donations under Obama’s administration. So I won’t. I’m just informing you of my personal project!
This morning it was near freezing again. Tomorrow it might just freeze altogether. And then… Winter!
If anyone were to force me to take a donation against all my protestations, such a kind soul would have to send a check made out to George David Byers, and send it to: 102 College Station Drive; Suite 3 — PMB 233; Brevard N.C. 28712 USA !"