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‘Practical Prayer in Desolation’

Retreat with Fr. Justin Fulton Sept. 29-Oct. 1

WAVERLY (SNR) - Father Justin Fulton will lead a retreat  Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 for those who ask questions such as, “How do I deepen my prayer life?  What should I do when I find it hard to pray?  Do I feel God ignores me and does not answer my prayers?”

The weekend retreat for men and women will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly. The facility, 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 on Friday evening, and end with Mass on Sunday, followed by lunch.

During the Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 retreat, Father Fulton will address the topic: “Is God There? Does He Care? Practical Prayer in Desolation.”  

“This retreat is really for all people,” Father Fulton said, “because we all struggle with prayer.  If you are like me, you may find prayer difficult at times.”

This retreat, he said, “will give practical advice and we will explore how God is forming you in your spiritual life.  We will look at a few readings in the Gospels and will approach this from a practical and pragmatic view as we witness how Jesus accompanies us in our lives, even in the deserts and storms we encounter.”

Father Fulton also described why he finds that retreats are so important. 

“The best gift you can give yourself is a silent retreat with our Lord,” he said. “Jesus Himself is found alone and silent many times in the Gospels, going down the shore and up the mountain to listen to His Father’s voice. We all desire peace and joy in our hearts. Silent retreats in Waverly give us that peace as we encounter Him.

“If we expect to spend Eternity with Him,” he continued, “we should allow ourselves to spend a short weekend with Him in retreat.”

Ordained in 2015, Father Justin Fulton is assistant pastor at St. Teresa Parish in Lincoln and teaches at Pius X High School. He previously served at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ and as assistant master of ceremonies for Bishop James Conley. He also serves on the board of directors for the Nebraska Catholic Conference, and on the diocesan tribunal.

Other upcoming retreats for men and women include “The Fruits of Our Lady of Fatima: 100 Years” Oct. 6-8 with Father Gary Coulter; and “Jesus, Please Heal Me” Oct. 20-22 with Father Craig Doty

To register for a retreat or make a prayer request, go to www.goodcounselretreat.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-786-2705.

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