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What is a Catholic spiritual retreat?

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A Catholic spiritual retreat is a time during which an individual withdraws from society for quiet reflection and prayer. It usually takes place at a designated place of worship or retreat center in an area that is relatively isolated from other people.

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Retreats can take place anywhere that the individual can go to devote time to quiet reflection. Spending time in the tabernacle of a church while there is no ceremony going on is a form of spiritual retreat. However, people may also choose to spend time at a designated retreat center which is located in a rural area or otherwise takes measures to provide isolation from society.

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