Life continues to change…

This past week I shut down my primary blog, however, I kept the domain and email services.  I was using PowWeb, which at one point was a good service, but they have gone down hill over the past couple of years, which was a partial reason I let them go.  (That said, they still host this site…)

As I move on in time, I find that I have wandered from the life I had as an active Diocesan Hermit, to become way to “Lay”..  That is changing yet again though.

I am heading back to the Hermit life, but this round as a lay hermit, that will spend my day in studies, prayer, and reading of the Bible.  My day will not be as structured as it was before, and will be more open to changes, but for the most part, I am going to be at home in prayer and reading religious text, or at Church/Church events.

This area is where I know I am called, and when I was a Diocesan Hermit, I was “home”.  The Bishops, for political and personal reasons, don’t seem to accept such life, even though it use to be a recommended lifestyle, so I will have to do it on my own.

In Christ,

Brother Don (Lay Hermit)

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Logos.com

A few months ago I acquired a “basic” Catholic Package on the Logos 4.x platform that I thought was outstanding.  The Logos software allows you do do some pretty extensive searching on your digital library, which is highly index, allows you to compare Bible versus between translations, read whole books at a fraction of the cost of buying them in hard copy, bookmark locations, write notes, and all kinds of great things.  (Including reviewing projects people are working on and that share them with the world, including sermons, etc.)  I was VERY impressed with what I had acquired and been using on my studies and research into the Catholic Faith, the Bible, and faith in general.

Recently Logos came out with Version 5, and more importantly, to me, Verbum which is a “tweaked” version of Logos 5 that allows for a better correlation of text to the Catholic Faith system.  This tool has been outstanding!

If you are a person of Christian faith, interested in learning more about your faith and it’s foundations, this tool, Logos 5 or Verbum, is a MUST have.  If you are a minister this tool is a must have!  Your sermons or homilies will grow even stronger as you use this tool to grow in your faith!

If you are interested in starting I recommend that you call David Day at 360-685-2301 and tell him that Friar Don Bell sent you.  Mind you he deals mainly with the Catholic products, but he will point you in the right direction and hook you up with the right person for your needs if you are not Catholic.

Happy studies and learning!

In Christ!

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A few weeks later I was accepted into the Knights of Columbus and in one night did my First and Second Degree ceremonies.  Because I was a Novitiate in a Religious Order, i was told that a 3rd Degree ceremony was happening the next day an hour north if I wanted to go.  My Superior General told me to go.  In that I was only a Novitiate I sat the ceremony as a Lay person and went through the whole process.

I had reached my thoughts of being able to go into the Knights of Columbus Halls I had seen in the past.  (I am STILL to go into the one in Maryland, that I WILL go into one of these days!)

I was one step closer to putting on the habit I had dreamed of years earlier, and even before it had been created!

Studies got more intense and days grew shorter as I read and wrote more!

 

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