‘Mary and the Laity’s Call to Holiness’ planned for men and women Oct. 10-12
The theme of the retreat is Mary and the Laity’s Call to Holiness. The Second Vatican Council Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, devotes a chapter each to the laity, the universal call to holiness and the Blessed Virgin Mary, each chapter providing a foundation to considering the role that Marian devotion can play in the layperson’s own call to holiness.
The Church places before all a most excellent means to find holiness: to piously meditate on the Blessed Virgin Mary and contemplate her son, Jesus Christ. Father Hazuka will reflect upon the virtues of Mary, as considered in various mysteries of the rosary, and how these can help the layperson embrace and fulfill their call to holiness.
Resources for the retreat will be Lumen Gentium and Saint John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, as well as Scripture, the Church’s Liturgy, and other pious writings as we look to Mary as a pattern for our growth in holiness.
“My yearly retreat is my favorite week of the year,” said Father Hazuka. “I look forward to the opportunity to rejuvenate spiritually, especially after I lose some of my spiritual zeal as life’s events can wear me down.”
He used the image of the Transfiguration as an analogy for a retreat: “We ascend the mount with Christ and encounter His glory so that, when we descend the hill and face the Cross, we may continue to look forward with hope to His resurrection and what that means for us.”
Father Hazuka is pastor of St. George Parish in Morse Bluff and Sacred Heart Parish in Cedar Hill. He is also principal of Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo. He has been involved with the Legion of Mary in the Diocese of Lincoln for 15 years.
This retreat is open to men and women of all ages, including those who are not familiar with the Legion of Mary.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, situated on a spacious acreage near Waverly, includes 50 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 a rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. on Friday, and end with Mass on Sunday, followed by lunch.
Other upcoming retreats include “Catholic Discipleship,” a men’s day of reflection with Bishop James Conley Oct. 25; and “Saints Yesterday and Today,” a weekend retreat for men and women with Father Thomas Dunavan Oct. 31-Nov. 2. To register online and see the full schedule of retreats, visit www.goodcounselretreat.com.