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Depression: what to say and what not to say

Depression and spiritual lifeSee also useful advice for the spiritual direction of the sick Things not to say in depression:You have to shake yourself out of it, you have to reactDon't just stand there thinking, have some funI mean, there are a lot of people who are worse off than youYou don't have to sit there feeling sorry for yourselfIt’s just your imaginationYou have to grow up, don't be the victimYou don't need anything extra to be happyYou don't look so bad. You look great!It's just a little stress. Little rest and a good tonic and it all goes awayThings aren't so bad, are they?You gotta get out more, you gotta have fun.You only need to find a woman (or man)You should have more sex, that's what’s missingDo as I do, when I'm a little down I take a nice hot bath and after that I feel like another personSmile and the world will smile backEveryone gets depressed sooner or laterThrow yourself into workBut you don't look depressedI think you…
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Amazing Psychology of Celibacy

Benefits and challenges of Christian celibacy  Reflections on the celibacy of priests, religious and lay people  Wenceslao VialOriginal article in Spanish: Palabra, 679, Octubre 2018, pp. 54-57 Is celibacy still necessary in the Catholic Church? «What are you going to find here...? It depends on what you are looking for», I read at the entrance of an ancient temple. How useful is this consideration, open to surprise and amazement, at the crossroads of life! Christian celibacy, as a renunciation of marriage for the love of God, is a lifestyle that does not cease to attract many.
As healthy as other options, celibacy is a source of serenity, balance and happiness. Abundant scientific articles demonstrate that it allows affective and relational maturity, provided that it is chosen and lived in a human way. That is to say, whoever enters this path knows what he is looking for, he should do it freely, coherently and persuaded that his project is worthwhile and makes sense. When embarking o…

Abandoning Pornography in Four Steps

Happy life without the slavery of pornographyWenceslao Vial What Pornography Produces The visualization of images of sexual content permeates the brain.It can end up modifying neuronal dynamics and morphology. It leads easily to a behavioral addiction, in which the behavior takes control of voluntary activity, reducing autonomy, as in drug addiction, alcoholism, addiction to games, to the Internet, to risk or to compulsive spending. There is no room for a moderate or healthy use of pornography, which is always dangerous. The normal sexual stimuli are replaced by exaggerated and often violent stimuli, which feed the violence.Evolution of a vice What sometimes begins with play, curiosity or persuasion drags, with more or less complicity of the person, towards a slope in which vice and mental illness intertwine. In addition to the initial search for pleasure, there is an urgent need to act to reduce psychic anxiety or discomfort, and even pleasure is lost. When you reach addiction you need …

Male and Female He created Them

Towards a path of dialogue on the question of Gender theory in Education



Document in pdf
Facts. If they tell you that an apple is a banana, don't believe it. That's how a well-known news company has announced itself. Dialogue from science is psychologically sound. This is the dialogue sought by the Vatican document, dated February 2, 2019, published on June 10, 2019. 
Listening, reasoning and proposingare the three suggested notes for an attractive path to the truth.
Faced with the avalanche of children, especially adolescent girls, asking to delay puberty, it is appropriate to speak of an educational emergency, as the document does. The absence of dialogue has led to the imposition of incoherence. Laws copied from one country to another have shaped contradictory ideas. The choice of gender has been removed from the medical field, without taking into account that it is impossible: anyone who wants to change their biological sex, will have to be subjected for life to a continuous m…

Same Sex Attraction

What can lead to being attracted to the same sex? What is a desire?
How do desires develop in people? 
We offer some answers in this video with English subtitles.

Be Who You Are

Developing your Christian Personality            Wenceslao Vial (Ed.) by Scepter, New York
As St. Catherine of Siena so aptly stated, "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire!" Despite our fallen natures, we have the ability, through the solid Christian understanding of the human person—body and soul—how we can rise above it all. The authors guide us towards spiritual maturity, by teaching us how to improve one's personality, self-esteem, and virtue, without imitating models that distract us from our own identity. We learn how to live a happier and more coherent life, and how to acquire greater empathy with others—especially with our own family members and those in our immediate environment.

Faith: An Answer to Anxiety and Depression?

Interview with Priest, Doctor and Professor Father Wenceslao Vial on His New Book “Psychology and Christian Life: Care of Mental and Spiritual Health”     August 7, 2015

Am I responsible for the way I am? Can one get out of depression? How does one overcome anxiety? Are their ways to overcome addiction to drugs or the internet? What can a family do for a member with mental issues? When is a doctor, a psychologist or a priest needed? Is sex an antiquated invention, a game or a taboo? These are just some of the questions that Wenceslao Vial – doctor, priest and professor of psychology and spiritual life at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome – answers in his book “Psychology and Christian life: Care of mental and spiritual health.” Fr. Vial spoke with ZENIT to enter in-depth on several aspects of his book.

ZENIT: How are health, illness and the spiritual life related?

Fr. Vial: Health and spiritual life are closely related, for the remarkable unit…