Number of weeks: 3
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: Yes
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
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Whether you have been married many years or are just considering marriage, integrating your marital and spiritual life can produce deeper love, intimacy, and union. “Falling in Love…Finding God” is a three-week course based on the book of the same name by M. Bridget Brennan and Jerome L. Shen. The authors point out that loving each other leads us to greater gratitude for God’s love. “Growing in intimacy with God inspires us to greater love and intimacy with each other,” they point out.” Loving each other leads us to greater gratitude for God’s love.”
These reflections on love of God and of each other will be at the heart of our exploration. They will be enhanced by our reflections upon and experiences of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, who from the 16th century to today has led us through the deepest essentials of Christian spirituality.
Besides interacting with one another through regular discussions on Blackboard we will also meet “face-to-face” through our online Zoom meetings each Wednesday from 8 to 9 p.m. (EST). Your participation in these scheduled meetings is pertinent to the course; please mark your calendar and plan to attend. Information on how to access Zoom will be given in the Blackboard course site.
Learners will be required to obtain a copy of the book:
Falling in Love…Finding God, by M. Bridget Brennan and Jerome L. Shen
This course allows for a maximum of 12 participants.
About the Instructor
Jerry Herauf (M.A., M.Div.) trained and practiced ministry in the Jesuit community for 18 years before continuing his lay ministry in publishing and pastoral care for more than four decades. He taught at the high school and college levels before moving into pastoral care ministry as a chaplain and as director of pastoral care ministries in hospitals and long-term care facilities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He was a senior editor with Novalis Publishers and recently co-authored Healing Our Church, which deals with clerical sexual abuse.
Jerry is a certified spiritual counselor and has become increasingly involved in presenting seminar courses for the grieving. He also has directed retreats ranging from one-on-one counseling to Ignatian retreats lasting from a weekend to 30 days, as well as those taking place in everyday lives. His current passion is to provide online courses in marriage and grieving.
Jerry and his wife, Jan, are parents of two grown children and two granddaughters.