In the first episode, the hermit, Peter Calvay, introduces himself and describes his spiritual journey which led to the eremitical life on a remote island off the Scottish Outer Hebrides.
It is James Robertson’s first meeting with Peter Calvay. James describes his initial impressions and admits to some misgivings and doubts
James has been waiting eagerly for Peter’s second visit. He asks Peter to explain what he meant when he said that there is all the difference in the world between knowing that we are loved, and experiencing being loved
James sits at the jetty awaiting Peter’s arrival for their third meeting. Peter takes up the theme of the importance of God’s love.
James asks Peter to teach him how to pray from the very beginning. The first time that question was asked of Christ by his first followers, was by giving them the prayer that we call the ‘Our Father’.
Peter describes the Lord’s Prayer as the pattern of all Christian prayer and that this prayer is itself summed up in the first two words, Our Father.
When Peter arrives from Calvay for their next meeting, James immediately asks him to continue explaining his blueprint for prayer, using the second part, FATHER
Peter was surprised to hear that James was introduced to the practice of Indian meditation and had unsuccessfully tried to adapt it to Christian prayer.
It is James’ last meeting with Peter before climbing aboard the island plane and returning to the mainland. Peter begins to advise James on what to expect when Christian meditation has led us into true Christian Contemplation.
James has returned home and begins in earnest, practising his newfound life of prayer. However, we find him writing to Peter when he feels his prayer is floundering. Peter explains through their correspondence, that James is now finding himself on the threshold of contemplative prayer.