the Family Tree
by Rev. John
Hampsch A blockbuster on how sin and evil can follow down through the generations,
affecting our families in ways we never knew! Based on an intimate familiarity
with Scripture, Father Hampsch, a renowned psychologist and charismatic priest ,
grants us new tools to approach stubborn problems and curses.
MISSION OF THE CHURCH HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO PURGE BIZARRE EFFECTS OF SPIRITS AROUND US
[adapted from The Spirits Around Us]
Many problems in family lineages, a Christian psychiatrist named Dr. Kenneth McAll from the United Kingdom once claimed, can be traced to hidden sin; they are of a spiritual nature. “A mother seeking help for her anorexic daughter admitted the fact of an abortion, apologized to God, and in prayer committed the baby by name,” wrote the psychiatrist in Healing the Family Tree. “Not only was the girl’s anorexia healed, but the mother’s constant headaches suddenly ceased.
“Several examples have a combined therapy, where there are family patterns of migraine. One such, a forty-year-old woman, was the fourth generation of sufferers. The proof of origin came after Confession and absolution because family members in each of the previous three generations had dabbled in the occult. Early in our inquiries we found that a number of anorexic patients had histories of one or more abortions, miscarriages, or other unmourned deaths in their immediate families,” continued this psychiatrist-deliverance expert (for our discernment). “They recovered rapidly when the family ritually mourned these deaths. If there were signs of unresolved grief, the patient and the family were helped to look objectively at the relevance of such grief to the symptoms. Thus, they understood that these symptoms correlated with the situation of the unmourned person – that is, lost, lonely, darkness, depressed, unloved, nameless, unable to eat or cry out.
“A man of forty-eight [who had been diagnosed as having schizophrenia] was delighted that after thirty years of treatment, someone asked him for details of his hallucinations. He explained, ‘Lots of men are killing each other with swords; there is blood everywhere, a roaring sea, wind on my face, the smell of sulfur and blinding flashes.’ It was discovered that he was the direct descendant of pirates and naval captains since 1580. The man was released that same evening after prayers and two days later the family attended a Requiem Mass. Through this, his brother became a priest, and the former patient is now a college lecturer.”
Are there intractable problems that plague our families? Might it be financial misfortune, division, or even cancer?
Might it be traced to problems going back for generations – a “haunted” family tree?
And if so, is it not wise to present our family lineages to God during the Eucharist and ask Him to break any bondage (perhaps drawing a family tree and putting a Cross between each generation)?
The spirits around us can affect our subconscious – and it is in the subconscious that we frequently detect them. Sometimes, the spiritual baggage of an entire family seems to fall on a single person. This can be because they have done something to deserve it or were chosen to be a victim soul.
We discern each case separately but note the times when anger erupts as a sign of negative presence (along with too many illnesses). When we spiritually cleanse (especially ridding ourselves of anger, lust, or resentment), we are less prone to spiritual baggage. The curse does not alight (see Proverbs 26:2).
This cleansing is important for everyone and every place – even the Vatican.
In fact, St. Peter’s Basilica was built on fill dumped on an old pagan necropolis (replete with obscene and occult relics) and at one point was so haunted by crows that an exorcism was ordered.
“In ancient times, Roman historians tell us, this swampy region beyond the Tiber was an eerie borderland of fevers and giant snakes, where the voices of the gods could be heard," reported The Atlantic Monthly. “These historians derived the name Vaticanum from vates, a holy seer who understood these voices.”
In 1624, it was noted, Pope Urban VIII ordered that the deep foundation work for Gianlorenzo Bernini's towering bronze canopy over the high altar begin but “no sooner had ground been broken than the excavators started dropping dead,” said the magazine. “Urban himself fell ill, and all Rome whispered of [a] curse.”
Of course, the site was cleansed and the spirits dispersed. This was standard procedure in the foundation of our Church: from the very start, pagan sites were replaced by Catholic ones, often shrines inspired by miracles of the Blessed Mother.
Catholicism’s origin, then, is a history of purging evil (as this was also the mission of the Lord).
[Adapted from The Spirits Around Us]
[resources: A Guide to Healing the Family Tree]
[see also: Michael Brown retreat in Louisiana]
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