WAVERLY (SNR) — The simple “Angel of God” prayer most Catholics learn as children brings out important truths about how God in His love uses the holy angels to lead us in this life and gives us a guardian angel to guide us in the spiritual battle.
Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here.
Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
To learn about the holy angels and their ministry, all men and women are welcome to the Opus Sanctorum Angelorum retreat at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 5-8.
Opus Sanctorum Angelorum, the Work of the Holy Angels, is an international movement within the Catholic Church. Its mission is to spread devotion to and conscious collaboration with the holy angels, so that they may lead people more effectively to God.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, ”From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life” (CCC 336).
The four-day retreat is for all who want to grow spiritually through silence, prayer, conferences and spiritual guidance, and will include Holy Mass, adoration, confession, devotions and time for private reflection. Conference topics and question-and-answer sessions will teach on living in communion with the holy angels and how their ministry helps all people to grow toward union with God.
For more information about Opus Sanctorum Angelorum, its mission and spirituality, visit www.opusangelorum.org.
The retreat on the Holy Angels will start with a 6 p.m. dinner on Thursday and end with Mass on Sunday followed by lunch. As it is a four-day retreat, the suggested donation is $270. For more information or with questions, call Cheryl at 402-618-1733.
Typical weekend retreats begin with Rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. on Friday and the suggested donation is $170.
Upcoming retreats for men and women include an Unbound Retreat Sept. 13-15 with Matthew Simmons; a St. Vincent de Paul Retreat Sept. 27-28 and a Marian Retreat with Father Justin Wylie Oct. 4-6.