Healing of The Family Tree By Father Stefan


Mass for the Healing of the Family Tree

When I was a young priest I came across the idea that there is such a thing as intergenerational healing. We are affected both positively and negatively by the choices that family members have done in the past. As the famous poem says, “No man is an Island.” St Paul would say, “We are the Body of Christ and individually member of it.” 1Cor12:27

I will try to show that praying for intergenerational healing flows quite nicely from what we believe in our Catholic Faith. Once a month I have a mass for the Healing of the Family Tree. At this mass people bring me their family tree and I place them at the foot of the altar. If you want to see when I do these masses check out my website at www.fatherstefan.wordpress.com. I have hundreds of family tree sent to me from all over the world. Every month all these people are being prayed for.

Actually this mass is no different than what we do at most masses. Most mass intentions are for a deceased person.  (In a future blog, I will explain that having a mass said for the living is more powerful for the person than a mass said for them when they are dead, but that is for a future time.) We believe that the mass said for the deceased person truly has as a positive effect on the person. Well at the masses for the healing of the family tree we bring our entire family tree to Jesus. One of the things that I have learned is that illnesses are connected to events and sins in the past, and when the past event is touched or brought to Jesus the present event is touched and healing can take place.

An example, a person might suffer from an eating disorder. At the mass she might see a past ancestor suffering starvation. When she prays for healing of that person she is also healed of her eating disorder.

If you read the chapter in my book, ‘Miracles Healing for a Broken World,” in the chapter on curses and evil spirits, you will read about my experiences with intergenerational healing.  I wrote in the book Miracles, “In the same way that physical conditions such as alcoholism, depression, or heart disease run in families, spiritual condition can run through families as well.  When it comes to physical maladies, a doctor asks his patients questions about the family medical history. However, sometimes illnesses are rooted in generational attitudes or sins. For example, sometimes events like abortion, unexpected deaths, or infant deaths run in families. I believe this is true, in large part, because of personal experiences. I have prayed with people who appear to be suffering from incurable conditions, but when I’ve prayed for healing of the generation, I’ve seen remarkable results”

I am not saying that all illness are caused by past events or even most. All I am saying is that we are all interconnected. The good and bad that we do has effects for many generations.  Again as the famous poem says, “No Man is an Island.”

In future blogs, I will make my case for this type of healing, as how it flows from our Catholic Faith.

Remember to pray for your family members who have gone before us. One of the Spiritual works of Mercy is to pray for the dead.

God Bless

Fr Stefan

15 thoughts on “Healing of The Family Tree By Father Stefan”

  1. Hi fr,

    A quick question please. Is the family tree mass in keeping with the laws of the Catholic Church? I ask because I asked my priest to do one this morning and he said it was not from God.

    Can you please clarify for me?

    Many thanks

    Anne Marie

    1. Hello Anne Marie, it is all in how you explain the theology of healing of the family tree. At it most basic level it is a mass for all the members of our family that have died, Most mass intentions are for the deceased. Also when we pray for the healing of things in the past in our family tree, murder abortion thief… things and events persons in the present can ve healed. We are all one body in Christ.

  2. Hi Father Stefan;
    I would appreciate your opinion on the following please;
    My daughter of 24 years is since the age of 15, suffering from a wide arrange of strange physical and mental illnesses.
    We tried everything and pray to God many times for her healing. The Lord Jesus Christ intervene may times and saved her life and heal her. But then another strange illness arrive on the scene and the struggle is on again.
    I am a Christian Pastor and I and my wife is involved in Christian counselling. In the counselling process, we stumbled across a teaching about spirits of deceased family members who can attach to living family members and caused some health problems. We went to our daughter, pray for her and command any spirit of a deceased family member or familiar spirit to present him/her. The reaction was immediate! A woman identifying herself as Grandma start speaking to us in very aggressive tone and to cut a long story short, she went out on my instruction in Jesus name. My daughter saw her as a old woman with clothes dated back may years.
    Did you have similar experiences and is this biblical based? Do you have any comments you would like to share please or can you refer me to any books explaining this phenomenon?
    Regards in Jesus
    Pastor Johan

  3. Dear Fr Stefan,

    Would care to comment on this, your insight will be much appeciated. Thakns!

    “During the Sacrament of Baptism of an infant, the priest says two prayers of Exorcism. During the first prayer, after the reading of the Gospel, the Priest commands any impure spirits who might be present to depart from the person to be baptized. This process is to purify the physical body of the believer. The second prayer of Exorcism is called “Ephpheta.” (Ephpheta means ‘Be opened’) After the prayer, the Priest touches the ears and mouth of the infant with his thumb. He then says, “The Lord Jesus made the deaf hear and the dumb speak. May He soon touch your ears to receive His Word, and your mouth to proclaim His faith, to the praise and glory of God the Father.”

    Catholic doctrine further teaches that until such time as the infant has reached the age of reason (8), he/she is a new creation and in an immaculate state. Should he/she die before reaching the age of reason, he/she would immediately go to Heaven because of the immaculate state.

    If we are to accept that “Generational Healing” is necessary because the evil spirits of the ancestors are passed on to their descendants, then we must reject the Sacrament of Baptism as administered in the Catholic Church. We must reject the claimed power of the Exorcisms that take place during the Sacrament of Baptism. Either the baptized believer is freed from all evil spirits, be they “generational” or not, through the administered Exorcisms during the Sacrament of Baptism or he is not! Both beliefs cannot be true and upheld by the same person because they oppose one another, “Generational Healing” opposes the Sacrament of Baptism!

    To accept “Generational Healing” as being truthful, it is a claim that man does not enjoy a free will. If a person is possessed by evil spirits because of the sins of his ancestors, logically, he cannot be held accountable for the actions of his sinful nature. In other words, “the devil made him do it.”

    Since he can no longer be responsible for his sins because of the alleged generational possessions, then he no longer needs the Sacrament of Confession. In order for one to be guilty of a sin, he must have the free will to do evil. In the case of possession, one does not have control of his actions, therefore, he does not have a free will.

    As an example, let us suppose that evil spirits possessed five generations, these evil spirits having been passed on from generation to generation. If this was to be true, the question would be, “Where was Jesus during the last 4 generations? Did He not free every soul from sin and possession during the Sacrament of Baptism as the Catholic Church teaches?”

    1. Helen yes there is a simple prayer of exoricism at Baptism, and we do say at Baptism that the child is a new creation, but while being a new creation there is a paradox there is still the reality of old creation in us, that is why we have the sacrament of confession even after baptism because the fight goes on, also a generational mass for healing of the family tree is just asking God to heal anything in our past that needs to be healed and touched by God

    1. Prego gentilmente di celebrare una Santa Messa per i miei figli Angelo e Denise per lo studio , fanno tanta fatica a studiare.Per me Emilia e mio marito Baldassare, per tutti i miei cari parenti vivi e defunti compresi i nostri antenati di ramo materni e paterni e dei nostri consorti.Che il nostro albero genealogico sia guarito liberato e purificato da tutti i brutti vizi malattie, maldicenze, maledizione, separazione,magia, sessualità cattiva,gioco d’azzardo, ecc…Grazie infinite, che Dio vi benedica

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