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Retreat House schedule changes

Palm Sunday: ‘Finding Peace in the Divine Will’ March 23-25

WAVERLY (SNR) - Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly announced a change to the spring retreat schedule, inviting all to a Palm Sunday weekend retreat March 23-25 with Father Gary Coulter entitled, “Finding Peace in the Divine Will.”

“This retreat will be an opportunity to enter into the beginning of Holy Week,” Father Coulter said, “and meditate on the different events of Jesus’ passion, particularly to spend an extended time with Jesus in the Garden, reflecting on and praying with his words, ‘Father, not my will, but your will be done’ (Luke 22:42).”

The primary source for the retreat will come from “The Hours of the Passion” from the writing of Luisa Piccarreta published by her spiritual director, St. Annibale di Francia.

“Although her writings have not been approved by the Church as authentic private revelation,” Father Coulter explained, “we know that any private revelation will only confirm what we learn in the Bible, just as Jesus teaches us to pray ‘Thy will be done.’  It is a reminder of how we are all called to carry out and live in the Divine Will, in imitation of Mary’s yes, ‘let it be done to me according to your will’ (Lk 1:38).”

Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta was born in Italy in 1865. At age 11, she became a Daughter of Mary and at age 18, became a Dominican Tertiary. Invited by the Blessed Virgin Mary, she offered herself to the Lord as a victim of love and reparation when she was 17 years old. From this point on, she spent slightly more than 64 years in bed and was nourished almost exclusively on the Eucharist.

By obedience to her confessor (who was recently canonized, St. Annibal Maria di Francia), she wrote her spiritual diary for 39 years, even though her education consisted of only first-grade studies. Luisa, the “Little Daughter of the Divine Will,” died March 4, 1947.  Her cause for beatification is currently open at the Vatican.

An introduction to the Divine Will devotion is available at www.divinewilltallahassee.com and more talks are at divinewilllife.org.

Father Gary Coulter is director of Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House. The retreat house has individual rooms, private baths, catered meals, and spacious outdoor grounds. 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 and lunch on Sunday.

Other upcoming retreats will be Feb. 14, an Ash Wednesday Recollection for men and women with Msgr. Timothy Thorburn; Feb. 23-25, a men’s Lent retreat with Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz; March 2-4, Scripture with Father Joseph Faulkner; and March 16-18, Magnificat for women.

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