This Week’s Ask Alice: Generational curses



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Evonne Asks: Do generational curses exist, and how can one get them removed?

Alice Answers: The Catholic Church does not promote the concept of generational curses. Catholics and Protestants who believe in such curses usually refer to the book of Exodus as their source.

“The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, yet by no means clearing the guilty, but visiting the iniquity of the parents upon the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6-7)

To best answer your question I spoke with two priests. My Uncle, Fr. Sergius Wroblewski, a Franciscan living at Lourdes Friary, in Cedar Lake, Indiana, has performed numerous exorcisms in South Africa and the United States.

“Exorcists do talk about such curses. I, myself, have never had any experience with generational curses. The person who seems to belong to a family that has been cursed, can and should disregard it if he/she has been baptized and lives out his/her baptism. Baptism removes sin and makes one a Temple of God and the Lord’s possession. If a person is experiencing diabolical attacks, he/she should look within and clean up his/her life.”

My dear friend Fr. Walter Dziordz, a Marian of the Immaculate Conception, is the Pastor at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Darien, Illinois. Fr. Walter has performed exorcisms.

“There is a book called, “Healing the Family Tree,” which seemed to develop your question as reality. My understanding, however, is that the Roman Church discounted such beliefs as generational curses as pure fiction. As such, the sheer belief in such ‘things’ is what hurts you, as opposed to anything intrinsic in the curse.”

My personal feeling about curses is similar to the opinions expressed by my Uncle and Fr. Walter. Often I’ve seen recurring family problems, such as alcoholism, spousal abuse, money demons, divorce, and depression that span three or four generations. Here’s an example:

Grandpa Will took all the money from the sale of the family farm, ignoring the needs of his 8 siblings. Thirty years later, Grandpa’s son, Johnny, took all of the inheritance money from his 3 sisters when their father died. Twenty years later, Uncle Johnny’s daughter, Kay, took her father’s house and all of his estate money from her brother Bob, leaving him homeless, and so on…………. Rather than a generational curse, Grandpa Will and his descendants influenced and led each other to sin, which persisted to the third generation.

There is much we can do to heal our the sinful roots in our family trees. The affected individuals can go to Confession, since Penance is a sacrament of exorcism. Always, there is prayer for our deceased family members and ourselves The power of prayer is miraculous! Masses can be offered for those living and deceased. Also, we can make reparations for sins committed by ourselves and our ancestors by performing acts of charity and offering our good works to God in their behalf. The benefits of our prayers and acts of mercy are twofold. Our charity provides healing for the recipients of our kindness and by loving others we are healed.

In Christ’s Love,

Alice

Doug Lawrence adds: Another reason the Catholic Church does not promote the concept of generational curses is the reality of the “Cloud of Witnesses” mentioned in the Book of Hebrews which consists of countless of our brothers, sisters, relatives and friends who have gone before us in Christ and are now in Heaven, empowered by his grace, capable of approaching the very throne of God, and personally interceding there for us.

Heaven poses absolutely no barrier
to the power of God’s love.

This, along with the sacraments and the many other benefits of membership in the Catholic Church is typically more than enough to destroy any supposed “curse” … whether real or imagined!

JP II – Reconciliation, Penance and “Sinful Structures”

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