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What were the architectural implications of this new anchoretic return to the practice of oratione mentale, and the understanding of the convent cell as the recreated grotto of Elijah?
Phenomenologically, acedia expresses the difficulties which hinder the satisfaction of these needs within the rigid limits regulating interpersonal relationships in anchoretic communities.
Societal limitations would restrict (but not eliminate) women from entering eremitic life, and anchoretic life for women was rare.