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Upcoming retreats highlight Spiritual Exercises, Holy Angels

WAVERLY (SNR) - Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly invites men and women of all ages to find a place of refuge and solitude, a place of renewal and conversion, a place to converse with God who is truly present.

“Two upcoming retreats can provide the prayer and silence needed to be transformed,” said retreat house director Father Gary Coulter.

An Ignatian Retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola will be held Sept. 1-4.

Father Coulter said the heart of the Ignatian retreat involves prayer periods in meditation on scripture. Retreatants journal about their prayer times and the movements that occurred there, and then individually meet with the director for guidance and appropriate scripture passages for their meditation.

“There seems to be a renewed interest in Ignatian retreats” said Father Coulter, who will give the retreat. “This retreat is marked by a complete silence, so unlike our regular preached retreats, the real director of an Ignatian retreat is the Holy Spirit.”

This retreat has a three- or four-day option, and those interested may want to read “Meditation and Contemplation” by Father Timothy Gallagher, OMV to learn more on the Ignatian methods of meditating on Scripture.

Good Counsel Retreat House will host a four-day retreat on the “Work of the Holy Angels” Sept. 7-10. This retreat, with Opus Sanctorum Angelorum, will lead the faithful to a more conscious collaboration with the holy angels in daily life.

Opus Sanctorum Angelorum, the Work of the Holy Angels, is an international movement within the Catholic Church faithful to the Magisterium. Its mission is to promote devotion to the holy angels, so that the holy angels may lead all more effectively to God.

“Anyone who wants to grow spiritually through silence, prayer, conferences and spiritual guidance, and learn about the holy angels and their ministry towards us, are welcome to the Opus Sanctorum Angelorum retreat,” Father Coulter said.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly includes 50 single rooms, each with a private bath. Each retreat includes times for Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and Confession. To take a tour, see the full retreat schedule, or register online, visit www.goodcounselretreat.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-786-2705.

Other upcoming retreats for men and women include “Saints for Today” Sept. 15-17 with Father Thomas Dunavan, and “Is God There? Does He Care? Practical Prayer in Desolatation” Sept. 29-Oct. 1 with Father Justin Fulton.

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