WAVERLY (SNR) - Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly opened the new schedule for 2019-2020 with a special retreat given by Father Adam Sughroue entitled “Lies, Truth and Healing” Aug. 9-11.
All men and women are invited to “Know the lies the devil tells us, bring God into the lies, and experience His healing.”
In the weekend retreat Father Sughroue will examine how, ever since the first temptation and sin with Adam and Eve, the “father of lies” (John 8:44) has not changed his tactics. The evil one still tries to deceive people with his empty words and false promises, trying to keep people ignorant and wounded, especially by sowing seeds of doubt about God’s love and care for His children. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “All subsequent sin would be disobedience toward God and lack of trust in his goodness.” (CCC 397)
“This topic has helped me spiritually,” Father Sughroue said, “as the devil lies to all of us and we cannot grow if we are falling into a false narrative. Therefore, we need to bring God into that false narrative which will bring healing and allow spiritual growth.”
Open to men and women of all ages, Father Sughroue recommends the retreat particularly for “anyone has experienced a roadblock in spiritual growth, or anyone who wants truth and healing in their lives.”
To learn more on the subject, Father Sughroue suggested the book “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis or the podcast: “The Place We Find Ourselves” by therapist Adam Young.
Ordained in 2011, Father Adam Sughroue has served at St. John the Apostle Parish in Lincoln and St. Cecilia in Hastings. He is currently pastor of St. Ann Parish in Doniphan and Sacred Heart in Kenesaw. He has also enjoyed being a teacher throughout his priesthood, first at Pius X High School in Lincoln, and now at Hastings Catholic Schools.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly offers a peaceful atmosphere of prayer and recollection, with single rooms and private baths. Retreats include meditations, silence, prayer, adoration and the Sacraments and typically begin with a Rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. on Friday, and end with Mass on Sunday, followed by lunch.
Other August retreats for men or women include: “The Divine Physician in the Gospel of Luke” by Father Gary Coulter, Aug. 23-25; and “Directed Spiritual Exercises” with Father Christopher Barak Aug. 30-Sept. 2.