This book is a result of my decades of ministering as a priest. Even more, it grows from my many years of counseling ministry. My dual role as priest and therapist has enabled me to relate to both the emotional and spiritual dimensions of persons who seek counseling, providing me the opportunity to integrate, resolve, and coordinate these dimensions into myself, my preaching, and above all into counseling my clients.
Jung tells us that beneath every psychological problem lies a religious problem. From my ministry, I truly believe this. The nemesis of much general clinical counseling is the failure to treat the underlying spiritual problems. It is equally important to ferret out the psychological problem that is often buried in every spiritual problem.
It is becoming more evident to me that people need a spiritual dimension in order to deal with the tremendous, sometimes horrendous problems they experience in contemporary society. All problem solving requires a spiritual dimension if people are to be fully healed. My holistic approach to people, especially in counseling, has provided me the insights I share in this book.
All of us yearn for positive, comforting, and encouraging guidance that will help us lead happier lives and enjoy more satisfying relationships with both others and God. Padovani provides this stimulating guidance in his best-selling book, Healing Wounded Emotions. Now he offers further practical and insightful information on another aspect of life in Healing Wounded Relationships. In simple, common-sense language, he discusses the core ingredients of relationships: communication, listening, handling conflicts, forgiving and reconciling, divorce and remarriage, and grieving over the losses of life.
This book reflects the author's years of involvement with people struggling with troubled relationships. Within these pages the reader will find information and advice that can remove the often deadly psycho-religious misconceptions about relationships, misconceptions that abound in our society and which are sometimes passed on from generation to generation. Padovani's insights can break their cycles of behavior.
Most distinctive of Healing Wounded Relationships is that Padovani is a priest-counselor, and so has been able, in this book to integrate with ease, and reassurance the religious-psychological and emotional-spiritual aspects of our lives and thus to remove the seeming contradictions between these and the multiple misunderstandings that go with them. Padovani offers a spirituality that is relevant and practical for everyone. The author strongly believes that if people are provided with the kind of helpful information he provides, they will find more healing and hope in their lives and relationships. Good counseling involves good education, and good education is good counseling. We all need both.