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Fr. Jerel Scholl to lead Weekend Retreat on "Fear and Anxiety" Sept. 5-7

Fr. Scholl

WAVERLY (SNR) - Father Jerel Scholl, pastor of Assumption parish in Dwight, will be leading a weekend retreat open to men and women September 5-7 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly. The topic for the retreat is "Human Disorders: Fear and Anxiety"

Fr. Scholl recognizes that to objectively observe human disorders is to better understand what it is that tempts us to do wrong, which will therefore help us to gain control over disordered decisions. Hence, understanding root causes will make you less vulnerable to future episodes of erroneous decision making. Knowledge of what motivates our decisions can be a very powerful tool in helping a person to understand who they are and to thus possess peace in their life.

As the great late Blessed Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said, "A prune is a worried plum." Fear is a very powerful force that can be very controlling, if we allow it. Fear is related to love, particularly when something or someone we love is in dangerous circumstances. However, fear and anxiety can be very a strong force within us, that can potentially persuade a person to react in ways that are contrary to truth and love which we would otherwise not choose.

Since June of 2011, Fr. Scholl has been assigned to Assumption parish in Dwight, with the added responsibility of teaching at Aquinas High School. During this time he had been teaching Junior religion, which includes the topic of morality and material from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Fr. Scholl says that in teaching this material "I have developed a bit of a hunger to share such vital and important information to others, which can enable people to understand what is really real."

Fr. Scholl says that he loves giving retreats, and frequently recommends going on retreat, because "To attach oneself to the truth of Christ is not easy, but with a little prodding that is done with love, we all have the capability to love the one who is love itself."

Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House offers a peaceful atmosphere of prayer and recollection, situated on a spacious acreage near Waverly, Nebraska. The facility includes fifty single rooms, each with a private bath. Each retreat includes meditations by the retreat master, and opportunities for silence, prayer, adoration and the Sacraments. Retreats typically begin with Mass at 8:15 PM on Friday evening, and end with Mass on Sunday followed by lunch.

Take a tour, see the full retreat schedule, and register online: www.goodcounselretreat.com. You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-786-2705. The suggested donation for a retreat is $170. Upcoming retreats for Men and Women of all ages: Sept. 18-21, Opus Sanctorum Angelorum, the "Work of the Holy Angels" (4-Day retreat); Sept. 26-28, a Vietnamese Retreat; and Oct. 3-5 Women's Retreat on the Kingdom of Christ (Regnum Christi).

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