Spiritual Life Center news

Chris Stewart explores Pope Benedict’s new encyclical during fall program at SLC
Registration deadline Monday for compelling series “Love in Truth”
Pope Benedict XVI’s third encyclical-Caritas in Veritate (Love in Truth)-arrived in early July, complete with 30,468 words, an introduction, six chapters, a conclusion and 159 footnotes. What does this document exploring Catholic social teaching have to say to us? What is the answer to the world’s social ills?
Chris Stewart has been delving into and praying about Caritas in Veritate since its release and shares some compelling conclusions to these and many other questions in a special three-part series at the Spiritual Life Center that begins Thursday, Oct. 8 from 7-8:30 p.m. Registration for the series ends this Monday.
“The Holy Father says the answer to many of our questions today is love,” says Stewart, Chairperson of the Department of Religion at Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, popular teacher at the center. “This love of which he speaks is not a love that is mere sentimentality, rather a love that corresponds to the reality of human dignity.”
“Only in truth does charity shine forth, only in truth can charity be authentically lived,” said Pope Benedict XVI.
Stewart says that it is often guesswork trying to figure out why a particular pope might choose a particular theme for an encyclical. “But I do wonder aloud if perhaps the state of the economy around the world and these uncertain times is the ideal stage for Christian Hope to really shine,” says Stewart. “In any event, Caritas in Veritate knows no season and I hope we can explore this important work together.”
Want to sign up?
Registration for this series can be made online at www.SLCWichita.org, or by calling the Center in Wichita at (316) 744-0167. The cost is $25 and financial aid is available based on need. Those who come are asked to bring a copy of Caritas in Veritate, which can be viewed and downloaded from the Spiritual Life Center web site.

Young adult retreat in October at the SLC to focus on tough economic times
Mostly barren parking lots at Southcentral Kansas aircraft plants are just one of many signs indicating that unemployment is for real. This is the first major economic recession for many young adults-single and married. Widespread layoffs, furloughs and underemployment are threatening to create a crisis in the loss of hope.
Yet, as faithful Catholics, we can cling to hope and say: “Be not afraid!”
Pope Benedict XVI has written extensively about the virtues of faith, hope and love, providing us with a guideline and a lifeline to happiness and spiritual fulfillment, even during these tough times. During a special weekend retreat on Oct. 23-25 for young adults entitled “Pope Benedict’s Guide to Surviving Tough Times,” the Spiritual Life Center welcomes back Father Shane Tharp of Nicoma Park, Okla., who weaves together a retreat that is both practical and compelling.
In addition to conferences from Father Shane, there will be opportunities for the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation, discussion time, prayer and rest. This retreat is cosponsored by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of Wichita and is geared toward single and/or married women and men aged 21-39.
Discounted rates available
A discounted rate for the retreat is available now through Friday, Oct. 11. Financial aid based on need is also available for those who wish to come but cannot afford the weekend. Registration is now underway and can be made by logging onto the center’s web site at www.SLCWichita.org, and clicking on “Calendar of Events. Phone registration can be made by calling (316) 744-0167.

Coping Sessions begin Tuesday, Oct. 6 at SLC
A new series of Coping Sessions will begin at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, for eight Tuesdays. 
Sessions begin at 7 p.m. and last two hours. Coping is open to anyone recently divorced, widowed or separated. 
Sessions focus on the stages of grief and starting a new phase in life. For more information or to pre-register call Rich Pincus at (316) 776-9340 or email to rpincus@cox.net.