WAVERLY (SNR) - Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly invites all men and women to a four-day Directed Silent Ignatian retreat March 18-21.
Ignatian retreats, based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, are also known as silent directed retreats. The heart of the Ignatian retreat involves spending four or five prayer periods each day in meditation on Scripture.
“Thus,” explained Father Gary Coulter, the director of Good Counsel Retreat House who will be leading the retreat, “the real director of an Ignatian Retreat is the Holy Spirit.”
Father Coulter will direct the retreatants in choosing Scripture passages each day for meditation. He said he suggests the book “Meditation and Contemplation” by Father Timothy Gallagher, OMV to learn more on the Ignatian methods of meditating on Scripture.
Retreatants reflect on their prayer times and the movements that occurred there, so that when they meet with the director, they can be given guidance and appropriate scripture passages for their meditation.
This retreat begins Monday March 18 at 7 p.m., and concludes with a noon lunch on Thursday, March 21. The cost is a suggested donation of $210.
Father Coulter noted that since this retreat takes place during the spring break at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, there is a suggested discount of $150 for students.
There will not be a Mass nor a meal served Monday night. Cooperation with the complete silence is greatly appreciated for the other retreatants.
Two directed, eight-day silent Ignatian retreats are included on the retreat house schedule for the summer of 2019. These eight-day retreats are the longest held at the retreat house: July 1-9 and July 10-18.