Spiritual Life Center news, August 5, 2016

SLC to host Carmelite Spirituality Retreat Aug. 12-14
People are drawn to a particular saint, a Gospel reading, or a particular church because of their spirituality. Everyone has a unique spirit, or spirituality.
The Spiritual Life Center will host Father Adam Gonzales of the El Carmelo Retreat House in Redlands, California, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 12-14, to help retreatants experience Carmelite spirituality.
The Carmelite spirituality is characterized by an intense thirst for an immediate and direct experience of God. It is centered on prayer, understood as loving friendship with God, and experienced as contemplation as the free gift of God. Carmelite spirituality is focused on attention to one’s relationship with Jesus.
Carmelites trace their roots and their name to Mount Carmel in the Holy Land. There, in the 13th century, a band of European men gathered together to live a simple life of prayer and witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Their first chapel was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. They called themselves the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel.
In the 16th century in Spain, St. Teresa of Avila renewed the Carmelite Order. With St. John of the Cross, she strengthened the order’s commitment to follow Christ through an intense life of prayer for the good of all the church.
For more information go to www.SLCWichita.org or call the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167. Check-in begins Friday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. with the first presentation at 7:30 p.m. The retreat concludes Sunday, Aug. 14, at 1 p.m. Register by Monday, Aug. 8.

Docentium Aug. 18 at the SLC
When Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI beatified John Henry Newman in September of 2010, local author Stephanie A. Mann said, “Something changed about the way Catholics should view this great nineteenth century writer and intellectual. Blessed John Henry Newman is an intercessor and a heavenly patron now, not just an academic interest and research project.”
In the decades after his death in the late nineteenth, his Cause for Canonization moved slowly, Mann said, but one reason some Catholics believed Newman should be canonized was his influence on others to become Catholic, both in his lifetime and for more than a century after his death. “Some even thought those conversions should be considered the miracles needed for his canonization,” Mann commented.
While Newman has had tremendous influence among converts, his own family rejected Catholicism entirely, and his brothers might even be said to have rejected orthodox, Trinitarian Christianity, in spite of his efforts. His equals in the Oxford Movement, E.B. Pusey and John Keble, didn’t follow his example but remained Anglicans.
Why did someone so persuasive fail within his own close family and friends? What does Newman’s failure mean for those of us whose family and friends have fallen away from Jesus and His Church?
Stephanie A. Mann will explore this aspect of Newman’s life and legacy as part of the Docentium series at the Spiritual Life Center on Thursday, Aug. 18. “Blessed John Henry Newman is a model for us of how to follow Jesus and to reach out to others to follow Him too, despite the cost, difficulty, or failure,” Mann concluded.
To register for the presentation, contact the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167 or register online.

SLC Fall Theology Institute begins Sept. 17
The Spiritual Life Center will offer a three-part class this fall as part of its two-year curriculum in religious studies.
Students will participate in four courses this fall, each presented in three parts on Sept. 17, Nov. 5, and Dec. 10. Students may begin the two-year program at any time, and are welcome to join for any individual semester, with no obligation to complete the full two-year program.
The 2016 fall semester will contain four courses:
• Dusty Gates will teach “Morality: From Slaves to Sons: Liberty and Responsibility as commanded by the Decalogue.” The course will focus on commandments four through ten, governing the ways in which we relate to one another as children of God. Gates said that modern misconceptions of liberty tend to confuse liberty with license, resulting in an egocentric perspective of ethics, which the results in moral subjectivism and disintegrates into nihilism.
The classical understanding of law, Gates adds, maintains that human flourishing comes only through authentic liberty in which a person is truly free only when he understands and acts upon his responsibilities. Participants will discuss topics such as obedience, chastity, abortion, just war theory, the death penalty, and economic justice.
• Dr. David Wall will lead a class entitled, “Scripture: Introduction to the New Testament - Part 1.” In the course, students will gain a good framework of the New Testament, upon which they can continue to build knowledge and appreciation of its treasures. He will discuss its composition, canonization, genre, and some key insights from the each facet of the four-fold Gospel.
• The Prayer class for this semester is “Praying with St. Ignatius of Loyola” taught by Sr. Mary Ann Kirkland. The course will cover the 14 rules for discernment from the first week of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the examen prayer.
• The other class presented each Saturday of the semester will be “Church History: Theses, Councils, and Telescopes - The Church from 1500-1700.”
Dr. Joshua Papsdorf will guide students through a study of the church’s engagement with the Protestant reformers, the Council of Trent, and the relationship between the church and the first scientists. While the events took place centuries ago, a proper understanding of them will shed light on crucial issues confronting Catholics today.
Want to enroll?
Class sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on three Saturdays: Sept. 17, Nov. 5, and Dec. 10. The $75 registration fee covers all three class sessions and lunch. Registration may be made by calling the center at 744-0167 or online at SLCWichita.org.

‘Walking Your Children Back to Church’ Aug. 23-24 at the SLC
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will address the heart-troubling topic of why so many family members and friends have left the Catholic faith later this month.
The program offers two opportunities for attendance. The one-evening program can be attended on Tuesday, Aug. 23, or Wednesday, Aug. 24. Both evenings run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Father Ken Van Haverbeke will use encouragement from Scripture and the saints to give practical advice to attendees.
Want to attend? Cost is $10 for either evening. Please go to www.SLCWichita.org or call (316) 744-0167 to register. Pre-registration is requested but walkins are welcome.

Monthly Mass with Children at the SLC on Aug. 18
Caregivers and their children are invited to the monthly “KidsPrayToo!: Mass with Children” at the Spiritual Life Center on Thursday, Aug. 18.
The Mass begins at 11:15 a.m. at which Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will speak especially to the littlest among us. This program gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to teach their children without worrying about disturbing other Mass-goers around them.
All families are invited to pack a lunch to enjoy in the courtyard. Families may wish to bring a picnic blanket for lunch on the grass. Registration is not necessary.