WAVERLY (SNR) - Father Michael Morin will present a weekend retreat for men and women Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, “To Pray as Jesus Taught.”
The retreat topic has two themes, which Father Morin will examine. First is the Our Father, the Lord’s Prayer which Jesus himself taught people to pray. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says the Lord’s Prayer “is truly the summary of the whole gospel” and “the most perfect of prayers” (2774) Throughout the seven retreat conferences, Father Morin will look at the seven petitions given to us by the Lord Jesus.
Second, this retreat will look at Jesus’ many sayings on prayer or about praying, especially focusing on the persistence, humility and trust needed in prayer. Father Morin will use the Catechism as a resource, particularly - the fourth part which includes a very readable and beautiful teaching of prayer, and then a line-by-line commentary on the Lord’s Prayer.
Father Morin emphasized the importance of making time for prayer, and time for a retreat.
“I can’t count how many times in the four gospels Jesus went off to pray by himself,” he pointed out. “This is such an important example and reminder that each of us needs to do the same.”
A priest for 28 years, Father Morin has spent most his priesthood working in education, including many years at Pius X High School in Lincoln and as pastor of St. James Parish in Cortland. He was recently pastor of Sacred Heart in Lincoln and is currently pastor of St. James Church in Mead. He is also chief administrative officer of Bishop Neumann Jr/Sr High School in Wahoo.
Father Morin will also draw from his experience as director of Apostleship of Prayer, Enthronement of the Sacred Heart, and Retrouvaille, a renewal program for married couples.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House offers a peaceful atmosphere of prayer and recollection, situated on a spacious acreage near Waverly. The facility includes 50 single rooms, each with a private bath.
The suggested donation for a weekend retreat is $170. Retreats typically begin with a Rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. Friday, and concludes with Mass and noon lunch on Sunday.
Other upcoming retreats for men and women include a Year of Mercy retreat and conference with Father Wade Menezes Oct. 7-9; “Praying the Rosary” with Father Jonathan Haschke Oct. 21-23; and “Spiritual Warfare and Discernment” with Father Steven Thomlison Oct. 28-30.