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A verbal curse can be reversed by a blessing. So can a generational one. Also, one caused by sin.

Did you ever realize how many people knowingly or unknowingly may have sent burdens and blockages upon you and your family?

You also curse yourself -- when you think negatively about yourself. (I can't do that. I'll never make it. I'll never amount to anything.)

Bless those who have criticized you. Bless those who send you hate. Bless those who "compete" with you. Don't come under the power of a curse.

Also, bless yourself:

I can do that. I will make it. I will fulfill my destiny.

While only priests grant special blessings (for example, at the end of Mass, and when they bless sacramentals), everyone is allowed -- and called -- to bless each other on a regular basis.

We bless meals before we eat. We bless each other when we sneeze. We say "God bless you" as a matter of daily talk (or should). We ask for blessings in the confessional.

What about blessings of deliverance?

This time of year is a terrific time to bless our families. If we do this effectively, our dear ones then pass these blessings on to their children, and their children to their offspring, down the generations.

In Scripture, there was special power attached to a father's blessing. Blessings were an integral part of God's relationship with Abraham (Genesis 12:1, 2, 3). And look at his descendants, such as Isaac: When he blessed his son Jacob (Genesis 27:30) it was a blessing that caused livestock to thrive under his care and brought him success for many years in all aspects of life; it was a blessing that lasted. There is what they call the "Aaronic blessing." This comes from Numbers 6:23-27 -- and it has special power. Listen closely. It came when the Lord spoke to Moses and said, "Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, 'Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them:

"'The Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make His Face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance to you.'"

Added God: "So shall they invoke My Name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them."

Print that. Write it down. Pass it on. Give the special Old Testament blessing to your spouse and children: "The Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make His Face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance to you." Husbands, use it regularly on your wives; wives, use it on your husbands; parents, use it on your children (and children, on your parents!) It seals against evil. Release the blessing of God as did the anointed ones of Israel. We can add: say it in the Name of the Infant Jesus.

Use it also to bless those who "curse" you! Many report miracles with it. You heard that right: on your rivals and enemies. Through such prayer, a curse is turned into a blessing.

One preacher who uses it described a woman from India whose mother, who wanted a son, had cursed her during childhood and naturally, it brought a dark mood. The girl resented her mom and as a result, developed a strange large, V-shaped "birthmark" on her forehead. She was told to send her mother her blessing -- instead of resenting her -- and when she did, the mark faded and even disappeared. (When the resentment returned, so did the birthmark -- until she forgave and blessed again!)

A boy in high school had trouble with his teachers. He was doing very poorly. They kept telling him he would never amount to anything. This operated as a curse. But one day he learned the Christian lesson about blessing those who curse you and went to see the teachers to tell each one he wished them the best and prayed that they rise above all teachers. He was soon a star student. Their negativity had been turned into blessings.

There are many ways of declaring a blessing.

In prayer -- out loud -- declare your home a zone of health.

Declare it a "cancer-free zone."

Declare it a zone of love.

Sound the shofar.

Bring forth the Light (and blessing) of the Infant!

"The Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make His Face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance to you."

This is healing. There are special blessings. Gather together those you love and light a holy candle (or use Holy Water) and as we head into the uncertainties of a new year pray a blessing upon everyone (yes, even enemies).

We have a word of knowledge here from Christmas night:

"I bless those who bless others; I anoint those who use their anointing to help others. I send grace through those who let My Graces flow through them, as does the Blessed Mother, in health and Heaven."

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[Numbers 24:6:

ôLike valleys that stretch out, 
Like gardens beside the river, 
Like aloes planted by the LORD, 
Like cedars beside the waters. 
Water will flow from his buckets, 
And his seed will be by many waters"]

[see also: Ancient purity seal found in Jerusalem]

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