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God often works through people in ways we least expect. He sends folks and events onto the pathways of our lives.

For this reason, we should always seek to look for the good — for God — in a person (or circumstance).

Meanwhile, whatever occurs, we should always remember that God is the Creator of the universe and can turn things that are bad (anything) into things that are good (when we let Him).

This is also true with our families:

Relatives so often have good to offer us. They have been set in place to help us, and us them.

There are times, however, when the influence is negative.

A burgeoning number of books — most by priests — are focusing on that issue: healing the family tree. For often, there are what seem like peculiar, negative, harmful traits that run through families.

Family members may be prone to jealousy, anger, lust, pride, alcoholism, timidity, failure, and other negativestraits that can be passed down and may also be transmitted by friends, co-workers, and others (in our paths) who are not quite so positive and whose flaws may attach themselves to us because we have an attachment to the person.

It’s a serious and mostly unrecognized issue, one addressed in a truly fresh and inspired new book by Father Yozefu-B. Ssemakula, who is now ministering in the U.S. (based in the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese) and hails from Uganda. There is no more in-depth book on this mysterious, important topic, nor one filled with such powerful prayers (to cleanse and heal the family). 

Although we rarely recognize it, says Father Yozefu (for our consideration), evil of the kind that contaminates a person from sinful traits or behavior can be spread from relatives and others in close contact with us. Call it transference. 

“In general, I normally say if a problem shows up just twice in a family, you can safely consider it a family bondage,” writes Father Yozefu boldly. “Do the family healing prayer. You will not regret it. With time I have learned to begin any prayer for anybody by [first] praying for the healing of their family — and we are always surprised about how much (bad) just quits even before you touch it.”

In other words, many root problems are from hidden familial or other relational circumstances.

The priest warns that evil in families often materializes as untoward events like accidents, especially of children who bear the brunt of generational baggage. Secret traits such as sexual deviation may be inherited from relatives and ancestors or transmitted by friends without our knowing it. At the root of many bondages is evil, he explains.

That’s particularly true — as we have often emphasized — of the wrongful sex or involvement with the occult. A visit to a palm reader or medium or psychic or astrologer can contaminate a family line if such was done by a parent or grandparent or even much further back — and perhaps more than just a few generations, argues Father Yozefu, necessitating prayers for the complete cleansing of a lineage. Doing that leaves our children more of a spiritual footing.

We certainly don’t want to leave them what was heaped upon us.

Nor should we resign ourselves to bearing “sins of the fathers” (and the repercussions). Many problems can be resolved by breaking free of family negativities — and avoiding contact with darkness.

It is a mission in life: to cleanse. It is important to purge ourselves from wrong encounters and attachments to negative people (for the devil also puts people such as those onto our paths).

We are called to pray for their deliverance — and move on. Especially potent: contamination that is transmitted through carnality. For when we have a wrongful soul tie with someone, we are exposed to their unfortunate aspects (and they to ours).  How to cleanse? “Given the spiritual ‘stickiness’ of the sexual relationship, it is even more imperative to subject it to Christ’s salvific power,” Father Jozefu writes in The Healing of Families: How to Pray Effectively for Those Stubborn Personal and Familial Problems. “It is therefore good that one make a comprehensive list (may use initials instead of names) of all people with whom they have ever had any inappropriate relationship, physical or otherwise, as far back as they can remember, even if all this has been confessed and repented of previously. This is not a denial of the forgiveness already offered by God if these sins have been confessed; it is merely taking care of another aspect of the effect of those sins. Besides, many do frequently experience that, despite their good will and prior sacramental repentance, they were not freed from lingering on these past relationships. The prayer that we say to specifically and consciously ‘cut’ these relationships in spirit is experienced by many as a powerful enhancement of the effects of their sacramental Confession.” In other words, often, a residue — a blotch in the spirit — must be expiated.

And it isn’t just sex and the occult. We can receive darkness — or inherit it — in many ways. “Satan promptly sets in motion this ‘electric shock’ to contaminate not only that person but as many as he can who are also attached to the person (i.e., family),” says Father Yozefu, pointing out that materialism — worship of man-made objects — is as bad as the occult because it is the reverence for — idolatry of — man-made objects instead of God, “such as money and all its derivatives,” says the priest. In our modern time, there is much evil because “the heart of man can be practically eaten up with materialism,” he notes, which is just another trap set by Satan. “He seems to get the same result [as with the occult], only in the second case, instead of being clothed with Santeria, or African religion’s messy rituals, for example, it is clothed with sleek cars and luxury homes.”

When there is pain in our lives, we must look to purge the hidden force or obstruction. Let us add that when there is pain, often God is calling us to reflect and re-evaluate.

Once we get back to who we really are, we must stay there.

How frustrated many are, when — because the block remains — grace seems to bounce off. Prayers don’t seem to “work.” Despite devotion, the path remains unclear.

The result can even be illness. In fact, the result often is illness — argues Father Jozefu.

People die for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). As Father Jozfu also explains, we can also suffer due to an attachment with someone who is deceased — which is another reason why it is so crucial to pray that souls of those we have known ascend into Heaven.

Father Jozefu, who offers page after page of prayers (for breaking curses, for breaking evil “seals,” for cutting bondages, for protection, for blocking access points, for infilling with the Holy Spirit), recounts the case of a woman who came to see him because suddenly — in her fifties — she had become an alcoholic.

Nor was it a family trait.

When Father Jozefu searched further, he says, he discovered that the heavy drinking began after a friend who was alcoholic died.  Though she had taken a little alcohol to keep her friend company, the woman had never been intoxicated; now she was drinking until she passed out.

The priest asked her, “Can you imagine that you could be drinking your friend’s alcohol?”

“What, father?” she replied. “What are you talking about? She is dead!”

Notes the priest, “I explained how the whole thing works, and how her friendship was also a spiritual connection because she had consented to drinking — however little — with the alcoholic friend. So I said, ‘I will say a short prayer for you — here on the phone — and I am going to ask Jesus to separate you in spirit from your alcoholic friend, so you won’t have to drink anymore.’ She agreed. The prayer was less than two minutes long and simply consisted of a format that included the following: ‘In the Name of Jesus, I cut you free from your alcoholic friend. I put the Cross of Christ between you and her that it may enhance in you the good qualities you appreciated in her, and that it may block away from you any negative things that came to you through your relationship. And that she may rest in peace. Amen.’

“You notice that alcoholism as such was not the subject of our prayer, neither was stopping the drinking. We had simply prayed that she be separated in spirit from her friend.

“And, as I was to learn later, it was the end of her ‘alcoholism.'”

taken from Spirit Daily

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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Uncategorized



You can feel it in the wind: suddenly, many aspects of society and nature seem in play. The prophetic pulse during the past month has ranged widely with more questions than answers. At least, we don’t have the explanations. There is the Middle East. Something there has to boil over. It always does. Someday, perhaps soon, it will boil over more than ever. There is the weather — no more relying quite so much on forecasts. The climate keeps swerving — as we have long indicated. There were two hurricanes this year that hit the U.S. mainland at precisely critical points in the election convention process and final week of the campaign, both profoundly disrupting one candidate’s trajectory. How? Why? Whirlwinds everywhere. There is scandal. Our “heroes” are not in the end heroic. We forget the only true Hero is Jesus. Instead, there is the Idol of the Economy, which continues to unravel (despite upticks) and there is homosexuality such that three percent of the population can demand that we not only allow but promote and sanctify gay “marriage” (under penalty of persecution).

A tiny minority is oppressing the majority.

Yet in all this turmoil — and in coming events — we can know that God affords us a “bubble of protection.”

No matter what swirls around — in society or the weather — He can isolate us from it.

His signs are everywhere — from what seems like an image on the window of a hospital in Malaysia to continued claims of apparition.

One we had not heard about (nor had time to discern) allegedly is in India, where there is the “Divine Mercy Shrine of Holy Mary, a Marian pilgrim center dedicated to the Mother of Divine Mercy under the Eparchy of Kothamangalam. Since March 1999 the Heavenly Mother “has appeared to an eight year old girl called Chippy and gave messages regarding the sanctification of life and the salvation of souls,” says a webiste. “The house and the premises have been sanctified obeying the messages and the directions of the Holy Mother. Later a Grotto was built according to the desire of our Mother. As instructed by the Holy Mother the house along with the Grotto was handed over to the Kothamangalam Diocese. Most Reverend George Punnakkottil, the Bishop of Kothamangalam, blessed the grotto and celebrated the Eucharistic Sacrifice. The Holy Mother speaks to the world about the salvation of souls and the need for the sanctification of life.”

The message there:

  • You should have a contrite heart with true repentance of your sins. That is you should have the attitude of the “tax collector” of the Gospel.

  • Reconciliation with God by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation  (Confession) is the primary criteria for a good prayer.

  • Unconditionally forgiving others is very important.

  • You should know how to pray from your heart.

There is so much coming from India — including missionary priests. (Still, caution always with apparitions.)

There were — speaking of protection — the revelations having to do with the Holy Face of Jesus. “I firmly wish that My Face reflecting the intimate pains of My Soul, the suffering and love of My Heart, be more honored!” said the Lord to the mystic Blessed Maria Pierina de Micheli. “Whoever gazes upon Me, already consoles Me…” Place a picture of His Face in your home. With that consolation comes protection.

When God wants to shield us, not storms, not lightning, not fire can touch us — as attested during a fantastic fire in Wisconsin during which the site of an apparition was all that remained in a desert of ashes.

During 9/11, a man who prayed felt a sudden power and survived when his body “surfed” down twenty stories of collapsing debris.

In car accidents, wrecks that look like no one could survive yield survivors who prayed.

Tabernacles survive flames.

In the former Soviet Union, years back, an imprisoned Catholic activist was saved from death in a “freezing cell” when Blessed Mary suddenly appeared.

A new Rosary incorporates the Holy Face. Here’s a website. “The purpose of the Rosary is to mitigate the punishment of our nation’s sins against Divine Law and human dignity,” we are informed by Joyce M. Krueger of Jerome, Michigan.

We offend God so often: with abortion, with scientism, with atheism, with materialism — the latter mentioned far less than it should be.

At the reputed apparition site of Medjugorje, the Blessed Mother gave five promises for those who pray for atheists: “I will strengthen you. I will fill you with my graces. With my love, I will protect you from the evil spirit. I will be with you. With my presence, I will console you in difficult moments.”

The suggested prayer: “In the Name of Jesus, Who said that anything we ask in His Name will be given to those who believe, I ask that those who have not come to know the love of the Heavenly Father will be blessed with the knowledge that they are loved by Him beyond all human reasoning and understanding. Please grant them the gift to feel His love as it enfolds them to such an extent that they will be unable to resist or deny it. May the knowledge of the Heavenly Father’s infinite love stir within their hearts the desire to return that love to Him, and to reflect it to all others. May their lives be a pure reflection of His resplendent love. I ask this in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amen”

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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Uncategorized