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By reflecting back to the retreatant what is heard, by asking an open ended question, by sitting together in silent prayer, or in various other ways, the spiritual companion can often help the retreatant listen more deeply to what God wishes to communicate, as well as help the retreatant get more in touch with what they wish to communicate to God. All of this occurs under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Another important source of guidance is the specific, unique desire for this retreat provided by the participant to the spiritual companion. With God’s grace, the feedback about the retreatant’s desires and experiences during the retreat, and the knowledge of the spiritual companion, suggestions may bubble up regarding specific techniques, Scripture passages and other materials that may be helpful for each particular retreatant to employ during their private prayer times. Since all suggestions are given in freedom, the retreatant may choose to use them or not.