I apologize for the delay of The Art Of Loving - PART II. I have a good excuse, which I will share with you in this brief up-date.
Part I was a cliffhanger which left you pondering a profound and disturbing marital problem. Who is going to give love when both are in need of receiving love before they can give it to the other?
The Art of Loving, Part II - or as I like to reframe it: The Art of (at least) Not Being Un-loving, will follow in approximately two weeks.
Let me now share with you the reason why I have been delayed, because it is good news:
I just got back from an incredibly successful and blessed one month mission to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. This event was planned over 6 months by some very kind and supportive key persons in the Archdiocese who worked tirelessly and efficiently to pull this off. I spoke to over 500 people in 7 talks about the challenges of marital life. 75 couples showed up for the last talk, which was held at a marriage enrichment dinner. The response to these talks was overwhelmingly positive and many reported that they found new ways of looking at their issues that brought healing. It was a special treat to have my daughter Leah with me at all the speaking engagements, where she took care of the sales of my CDs and booklets.
I also did 3 radio interviews with Relevant Radio, one with the nationally known and respected Catholic author, radio host, and founder of a well-known Bible study program, Jeff Cavins, who appreciates my teachings, and I was also on a national program that had about 50.000 listeners at any given moment.
Both Leah and I received unbelievably generous and hospitable help from many great networking members of the wellfunctioning Catholic community of the Twin Cities. One family gave me a car to use for free for the entire month (and another family gave Leah one too, so she could go around and do her piano tunings), and we stayed with a few different families who treated us like royalty.
This appreciation of my presence and my work in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis/St. Paul was heartwarming and affirming to me. Is this an invitation to move back, maybe? US Catholics who seek healing from a faith-based counseling approach are very dear to me, and I would like to be more present for them. For now, I hope I can go to Minnesota 2-3 times a year for an extended stay (and other parts of the US if invited), and then see where the spirit leads in terms of future plans.
My deepest gratitude to everybody involved in making all this happen !
My website and newsletter will keep you posted on my future travels and schedules.
Thank you !
Peter Damgaard-Hansen has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Denmark. He has practiced extensively in Denmark and Norway since 1973 and came to Northern Minnesota in 1988. By 1993 he moved to Central Minnesota and opened a private practice serving the Twin Cities area. He currently lives in Denmark.