A hermit, from the Greek, means “desert”.  Therefore, “desert-dweller” is a person who lives to some greater or lessor degree in seclusion and/or isolation from society.  In Christianity, the term was originally applied to a Christian who lives the eremitical lifestyle out of a religious conviction, namely the Desert Theology of the Old Testament, the New Testament and the early Desert Fathers and Mothers that grew from the earliest Christian Communities.  The work of the Hermits of the Holy Cross is salvation.  The word salvation means “to come closer to God.”  We strive to place all our efforts into loving and knowing God through prayer and through study.  The most important aspect of the  Hermits of the Holy Cross is prayer.  Prayer, at its foundation is our cry to God from our heart in adoration, thanksgiving, praise and intercession for ourselves and our neighbor.  As Christ Jesus teaches us “love your neighbor as yourself”. Our ministry, therefore,  within the Church is prayer, adoration, and the offering of our personal suffering that we endure because of chronic illness and disability to glorify our loving God.

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