Senan Of Somerset
Senan Of Somerset

I’m not a hermit(yet)


If you have found your way to this page, then first I must thank you for your interest, and secondly state that this not a request for any financial support. However, it is a poorly veiled request for your prayerful support in discerning my path forward from here.

I will occasionally post a dated update on this page, but will, for the foreseeable future, not add links to the “What’s new” page.

1st November 2019

For some years now I have had an increasingly strong vision of a Hermitage, set in the woods somewhere on this planet. A place primarily dedicated to prayerful seeking.

To seek His face and to seek His will.

But this would not be a place of total isolation. Far from it.

My vision is of a place, isolated only to the point that to journey there would require a “good walk” through the woods, or, if the latter is impossible then transport in a suitable vehicle (4×4).

This place would have the foundation of a regular office said morning and evening (possibly more) to which any pilgrim would be welcome along with some light refreshment if needed. But in addition to this, the place and its surroundings would always be available to anyone seeking a little solitude, spiritual refreshment and the healing power that comes from all the beauty of nature that surrounds that place. Finally a place to meet, talk and pray together. 

(Please note again that I am not a trained or qualified counsellor, neither am I a spiritual director; I am simply a fellow traveller who can add my prayers to your own.)

Such a place, that is already blessed with the “thinness” of God’s creation, would be enhanced by the prayers of a supporting network of friends and supporters…

24th November 2019

As before, for some time I have often walked past such a property set in the woods, on the boundary of a Christian community that would eminently fit all the requirements detailed in the first post on this page.

It’s not for sale, and it probably won’t ever be. If it was, I probably couldn’t afford to buy it. I can’t foresee how I could support myself financially if I was living there. I have no information about the state of the property, services, internet (I would like to continue to write, and stay in contact)… So as you can see it will be an easy path with one or two very minor obstacles…

As I recently said to a confidant and friend, “Its a crazy idea”.

However, there have been many accounts both in recent history as well as in biblical times where God has asked some people to do some crazy things.

So I’ve taken a very small step of faith and posted a simple letter to see if the property is ever likely to ‘come on the market’. I’ll leave it there for now, save to say I would value your prayers and thoughts.

10th December 2019

A chance meeting with a friend and confidant led to an interesting conversation. The subject matter quickly turned to the years ahead and what the future may hold for me. I went through the range of paths that lay before me. Some of them sensible and well thought out with all the bases covered when it comes to risks and certainties… Then I added the subject matter to which this page has been dedicated.

After a brief pause, the big question came. They said to me,
“…and which one makes you sing…?”.
Without hesitation I replied,
“The Hermitage!”.

I found the rapidity of my reply rather shocking, and I still don’t know lies ahead but I know where my heart lies…

1st January 2020

New Year’s Day, and I’ve been for a walk out on a cold grey wet and rather drab morning. But as I said in “My Path” there are already some signs that nature is in the starting blocks waiting to flourish again. But I’m wondering if this is going to be a ‘different’ year…

I’m a bit of a star gazer and I see in the news that the star Betelgeuse, the red giant in the Orion constellation, is undergoing some changes and potentially means it might ‘go supernova’. The reality is that the light has taken 642.5 years to get to us. So if it ‘went supernova’ 643 years ago, it will indeed be an interesting year. Venus is often seen as a bright star in the western sky above the position of the sunset. If Betelgeuse has blown up, it will be around 100 times brighter than Venus and should be visible during the day…

Throw into the mix, brexit, presidential impeachments, nuclear weapons, supernovas and whatever is your own personal path… who knows what is to come.

As well as a star gazer, I’m also a fan of all things SciFi. All this has brought to mind a quote from a film of one of my favourite books. Dune, by Frank Herbert. The scene recounts a conversation where one of the characters is about to leave his home, a planet covered in fertile lands broken up by rivers and great seas. He is to travel to a desert planet where there is just sand and rocks… no water.

“I’ll miss the sea, but a person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing him to grow. Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens.”

“The sleeper must awaken!”

Happy new year!

6th February 2020

Spring is in the starting blocks!

Unfortunately I’m afraid I have nothing material to report… However, I feel just as strongly about my path. It’s very early days with reference to all that I’ve written before, but I feel that I am simply being called to have faith, and to be more open to all that is unknown. (If you don’t know it, google “The Merton prayer”). To allow myself to be cast a little more adrift – in the dark and without a compass.
As with many of my “moments” they tend to happen during the little hours, and this was the case when I wrote this (click here).

Perhaps I simply need to ‘widen my gaze…’

Senan of Somerset.

(P.S. The featured images are not related to the property in question)