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Special emphasis on healing the family tree
By Fr. Rick Heilman
FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
MONTELLO -- All are invited to worship together at a special Healing Mass for "Healing the Family Tree." This Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 277 E. Montello St.
This Mass is being offered to pray for all those seeking healing in their lives, be it physical, spiritual, emotional, relational, or any area in which healing is desired. Special emphasis will be placed on seeking "Intergenerational Healing" within our family tree.
What is intergenerational healing? We all understand the concept of a material inheritance. After people die, they often leave money, property, and possessions to members of their family.
We also are aware of a physical inheritance. Doctors always ask for the family history of a new patient.
There is also a spiritual inheritance. We can thank God and our family for the benefit from our virtuous ancestors going back a thousand generations (see Sir 44:10-12). We are also adversely affected by the sins of parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents and by the sins of the ancestors who adversely affected them, with consequences that may extend to what is inherited materially, emotionally, and physically.
In his book entitled, Intergenerational Healing, Fr. Robert DeGrandis writes: "To give the reader an introductory glimpse into this aspect of the healing ministry, I will borrow a poignant lament from an unknown source: 'I have Jesus in my heart, but grandpa in my bones.' Having 'grandpa in my bones' is a common struggle.
"Intergenerational healing is, for the Christian, an opportunity to recognize and bring healing to family influences from the past, with implications for the future. Intergenerational healing suggests the possibility that negative acts and deeds of our ancestors can somehow enter our 'bloodstream' and take a toll on future generations. Transforming the connection with these troublesome roots is what intergenerational healing is all about. It's an exciting, fascinating area of the healing ministry."
Further reading .... www.madisoncatholicherald.org...
I wish you well ...
edit on 9-10-2011 by DonaldD because: (no reason given)edit on 9-10-2011 by DonaldD because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Titen-Sxull
No offense but my guess is that mental illness is at work here at least in part,