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Emotional pain kills more than physical illness





THE hidden emotional pains people grapple with, has been described as the major killer disease than the physcal illness that arise from frustration and societal vices.

The Chaplain of the Catholic Chaplaincy of our Lady of Apostles (OLA) Hospital Jos, Rev. Fr. Da Joseph Dung Fwogos, disclosed this Sunday, shortly after the Book Launch in commemoration of his 50th Birthday and 20th Priestly Ordinal, held at St. Loius hall Jos, the Plateau Capital.

The Rev. Fr. who is the Author the book titled: “Dealing with Painful Emotions through Christ’s Love”, said, “I have been practising spiritual direction for a number of years and have had encounter with different forms of emotional problems, I discovered that, most poeople are living in denial.”

“They do not want to come out to share their emotional pains and as a Chaplain, I have also seen people who suffer not because of physical illness, but because of painful emotions. So, in a bid to help people alleviate such problems, I decided to write this book, because so many terrible things are happening in the world we live in today.

“With the killings that we hear in the media, with the economic situation of the country and the unhealthy inter-personal relationship with one another where we somehow hurt each other knowingly or unknowingly, all are attributes of emotional pains. So, if you do not manage your stress and allow it to reach certain stage, it will lead to ill-health and eventual death”, he cautioned.

On his part, the Chairman of the occassion, Professor David Pam Yakubu, of the University of Jos, commended the author for writing such a life saving and an enriching book even with his tight schedules in the hospital to help solve emotional issues amidst societal vices, calling on him to produce the second edition soon.

The University don however, lamented on the  poor reading culture these days which has grossly affected our growth as a country. Some people say, if you want to hide money, hide it in a book and no one will find it. It is sad that, even in a science innovative exhibitions, you will see at the end of the day that, the person that came first goes home with just N100,000, but Big Brother winner goes home with hundred million naira.

“So, it is our orientation naturally. I think we have to go back to that culture of reading. One think we can advise too is for the author to let the e-copy of the book to be produced, because if it is produced online, people who like reading online can have access to it and it will go a long way in helping our emotional pains”, he advised.

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