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‘Spiritual Warfare & Discernment’ Retreat

Fr. Thomlison to lead weekend retreat Oct. 28-30

WAVERLY (SNR) - All men and women are invited to a weekend retreat Oct. 28-30 with Father Steven Thomlison, “Angels & Demons: Spiritual Warfare and Discernment.”

The retreat at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly will be an opportunity to examine the role of angels in one’s daily life, and the ways to guard against temptations from fallen angels. Participants can learn to use principles of discernment to see how good angels will prompt people toward doing good, and how Satan tries to tempt and deceive.

Dr. Peter Martin, a psychologist at Catholic Social Services, said Father Thomlison explains the spiritual battle in a powerful way: “Mercy is a limit beyond’ which evil cannot trespass.”

“His discussion of mercy and forgiveness lends powerful insights,” Dr. Martin said, “and has led to great food for thought on my relationship with God.”

Father Thomlison likens a retreat to a time of spring training or spiritual boot camp, a chance to ‘trim away the fat and circumcise the heart’ so people are ready to run the race, or in this case, to fight the battle.

Father Thomlison is pastor at St. Stephen Parish in Exeter and St. Wenceslaus in Milligan. He is also chaplain for the Nebraska Army National Guard and the Nebraska State Patrol. More information is available on Facebook at facebook.com/fr.thomlison.

The weekend retreat at Good Counsel Retreat House is open to men and women of also ages. Those interested may register online and see the full schedule of retreats at www.goodcounselretreat.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-786-2705.

Other upcoming retreats include a Regnum Christi “Spiritual Exercises” for women, Nov. 4-6; “Praying the Rosary” with Father Haschke for men and women Oct. 21-23; “Unbound” with Father Holoubek for men and women Nov. 18-20; and a catechists’ retreat with Msgr. Thorburn, Dec. 2-4.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House offers a peaceful atmosphere of prayer and recollection, situated on a spacious acreage near Waverly. The facility includes 50 single rooms, each with a private bath.

The suggested donation for a weekend retreat is $170.  Retreats typically begins with a Rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. Friday, and concludes with Mass and noon lunch on Sunday.

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