Intergenerational healing prayer and the new Pixar movie Coco

I recently took my whole family to see the new Pixar movie Coco, which is based around the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. We all loved it, kids ranging from ages 5-10 and adults alike.

It’s about a little boy, who dreams of being a musician, but his family won’t allow it because the only musician in the family tree broke his great great great grandmother’s heart by abandoning her to pursue his dream of being a famous musician. The boy refuses to give up on his dream, in spite of his family’s resistance to it.

In the film, the young boy is magically transported to the “other side,” where he goes on an adventure to receive the blessing from his great great great grandfather to become a musician after all. His journey unfolds by dramatically uncovering old family secrets including lies and murder to eventually get to the truth about what happened in his ancestry, receive blessing of his family and also learn to value family above all – there is much healing for his entire family tree, living and dead.

As fantastical as the movie is, it reminded me of something real and powerful, which I’ve experienced firsthand: Inter-generational Healing Prayer.

Years ago, when my son was miraculously healed of kidney disease after a priest with the gift of healing prayed over him, the priest (Fr. Mottet) gave me a book of Inter-generational Healing prayers by Robert Degrandis. The prayers were so powerful. Reading them, I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit like never before. God worked powerfully through that book to change my life and increase my faith.

Now I think everyone should know the concept of inter-generational healing prayer because we all have family patterns we’d like to heal. Do we really want to be tethered to a genetic disposition to mental illness or cancer for example? What about addiction or heart disease? Wouldn’t you rather see future generations healed of these conditions if possible?  Prayer isn’t a magic wand, but I can attest to the fact that it is incredibly powerful.

At that phase of my life, after receiving the diagnosis that my son would battle chronic kidney disease for his entire life, I didn’t realize it at the time, but looking back it’s clear I needed to face a lifelong pattern of helplessly and endlessly taking on the suffering of family members, who never seemed to get better. A lifelong worrier and empath, my spirit was weary from taking on other people’s pain. I wouldn’t emotionally abandon them if they were going through something, but I just really needed God to throw me a bone and rekindle my hope, especially for my precious new baby.

Through the inter-generational healing prayers, I was able to invite Jesus the Divine Physician into into past generational traumas and wounds to heal that fundamental belief system in past and future generations. The results were an amazing, life-changing miracle, which I witnessed firsthand and am still praising God about eight years later. Not only was my son healed physically, I was healed spiritually from that heartbreaking pattern of hopelessness. My faith was renewed and has only grown with time.

Maybe my miracle story sounds as fantastical to you as the movie Coco! That’s okay-I know not everyone is a believer. But as someone, who is passionate about the power of prayer in general and inter-generational healing prayer specifically, I am overjoyed to see how science is catching up to this ancient prayer tradition with the study of epigenetics, which proves how trauma of our ancestors becomes encoded into our very cells and dna structure.

I believe Jesus came to heal us and adopt us mind, body and spirit into His Divine family tree, so we can be totally transformed and healed by him most importantly spiritually, but also more often than we dare dream, physically. To me, the science of epigentics is just further proof that Jesus is ultimately a Genius, who we are all still trying to catch up to over 2,000 years later – in prayer and modern medicine.

What do you think? What are your experiences with inter-generational prayer? Have you heard about it? Are you curious? I pray that the Divine Physician blesses you to heal all family patterns back and forward through every generation. 

 

 

Me Too Prayer (for courage to speak out against sexual assault)

Thank you God for the swell of voices, who have found the courage to speak out against sexual harrassment and assault. It’s awesome to see the truth coming to light and justice being served in some instances.

Today, I ask that You rise up even more brave warriors of truth to speak out against their abusers.

Reach deep into their hearts and remove any self blame and fear, which has been instilled by manipulation. Fill them with an inherent sense of their own worth, courage of conviction and the power to hold their abusers fully accountable for all acts of sexual harrassment and violence.

Embolden them with full realization of the positive impact they can make by sharing their stories and stopping their perpetrator in his tracks. Surround them with supportive loved ones to encourage them every step of the way through this painful process, and give them the strength to follow through and fully report all instances of abuse.

Bless their stories to be heard, believed and vindicated with justice in work places and through the full extent of the law. Protect them from backlash and persecution from their abuser. Uphold justice and place accountability exactly where it belongs: on the shoulders of the perpetrator. 

Even though it’s hard to speak out, allow this courageous act to be part of the healing process of moving forward from trauma. Pour Your grace like a balm into their deepest wounds of these brave truth tellers, who are willing to sacrifice their privacy to do what’s right. 

On behalf of these courageous acts, create an increasingly large tidal wave of truth, justice and accountability for those, who commit sexual crimes. Make the world a safer place, one act of justice at a time.

In Jesus name we pray,

Amen

Are you a victem of sexual assault, harrassment or molestation? Do you know someone, who was? Comment below, and I will lift you all in prayer for healing. God bless you on your healing journey. 

Miracles and Mysteries

When my infant son Dylan was miraculously healed of kidney disease after being prayed over by a healing priest, I was on fire with the Holy Spirit. My prayers had been answered in a profound way, and my world had been rocked.

Where before I had believed in God and prayed for healing miracles, now I had witnessed one first hand and had had an undeniable mystical experience, which profoundly increased my faith in God’s presence with us on earth. My life was changed forever.

I wanted to shout it from the rooftops: “God heals! Miracles happen!” When I did start telling people what happened, I quickly realized that sharing faith is about more than just miracle stories.

People have very real, very deep emotions and even anger at God, due to the unanswered prayers of their own lives. Many people doubt that God heals today like He did when He walked the earth. Instead of being the inspiration I hoped for, I learned that sharing miracle stories can trigger pain, anger, doubt, grief and other primal unprocessed emotions in many people, which need to be worked through.

I think this is understandable. Though I have been blessed with the gift of faith through trials, I have certainly gone through the gamut of emotions about seemingly unanswered prayers over the years.  Grief isn’t an easy process, and many people get stuck in it and lose their faith along the way.

I’ve realized that sharing faith with others is about more than sharing the spiritual highs and miracles we are blessed with. Though miracles can increase hope, truly sharing faith requires us to walk with people through pain, connecting to them on an emotional level through the trials of life and supporting their efforts to seek God through it all.

This is ultimately what Jesus did on the cross. In taking on the fullness of human suffering and even injustice, He emotionally and mystically connected with every human experience in order to redeem our relationship with God.

God has always tried to draw people to Him by connecting with us, wherever we are emotionally. For example in the Psalms, we are blessed with the full expresssion of every human emotion in right relationship to God. They help us realize that nothing we go through is new or unique – suffering is just a normal part of the spiritual journey, as are glorious unfathomable miracles.

As Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart I have overcome the world.”

Through my writing over time, I hope to share the fullness of the trials and joys of what it really means to walk in a life of faith. Hopefully I’ll connect with some aching hearts along the way and help them open up to the infinite miraculous possibilities, which are born of faith.

What experiences have you had with miracles and unanswered prayers? Comment below, and I’ll lift you in prayer, wherever you’re at on your faith journey. God bless you to live a life rich with faith and miracles, even through hard times. 

Prayer for healing of the DNA

Jesus, You are the ultimate genius, who healed the sick with Your unconditionally loving presence, while You walked the earth.

Your power is high above even the very best medical practitioners. All the  mysteries of science point to Your ultimate glory and power over all created things.

I am convinced that You are Perfect Love and Total Healing Power as much today as You ever were.

Thank You for being the Divine Physician of infinite possibilities for our souls.

Thank You for the Majestic presence of Your Holy Spirit in our lives.

Thank You for the glorious plans You have for each and every one of us.

Today, I choose to place all of my hope and trust in You.

I want to invite Your Infinite Healing Presence into every cell of my body.

Please flow the light of Your love into the very structure of my DNA.

Shape and form even the most hidden, deep and secret parts of my genetic make-up,

which have been passed down from generation to generation.

Heal all negative family patterns of emotional and physical problems,

and replace them with a pattern of deep and abiding wellness,

which is reflective of Your Divine Love.

Give all future generations the grace to be defined only by Your highest holy will

and plans for them,

that we may be formed ever closer to Your image and likeness

and ever more capable of doing Your healing work in the world.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Are you dealing with issues related to family patterns and genetics? Comment below, and we will lift you in prayer for healing! 

Becoming peace

If you want to be covered in chaos,

go ahead and bathe in it –

it’s easy to do, just soak in the news and talk to people.

If you want peace,

you need to shut out the world for a little while.

Maybe leave a little window open, so you can know what’s going on out there …

But you need to be fierce about creating a quiet space to contemplate

and welcome a visit from the Divine.

You need to be intentional about opening your heart to invite

God’s infinite love to heal your life.

I’m telling you, it’s the best thing you could ever do for yourself.

He’ll pour grace over your crown like pure water

for as long as it takes to clear your mind …

before You know it, you’ll be covered in wisdom, knowledge and miracles …

you’ll be filled with power and strength –

you’ll glow from within,

ready to march back into the world as an agent of change.

God makes peace out of people,

Then He radiates out of us to heal the world.

Will you allow Him to work through you?

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The problem with contemplative prayer

When we spend time in silence contemplating God’s powerful unconditional love for us, He pours the perfection of His Spirit into us. It’s a beautiful thing.

James 1:17 says “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” 

Contemplative prayer gives our Heavenly Father an opportunity to pour His miraculous gifts into us. God is the source of everything good that we could ever possibly want in our lives including joy, love, healing, power, peace and so much more.

The problem with contemplative prayer is not with God: It’s with us. 

The more time we allow Him to pour divine love into us, the more we discover all the the clogged places in us, which prevent His Love from flowing freely through us into the world. Resentments, fears, limiting beliefs and unhealed emotional wounds are a few examples of the guck we unconsciously hold onto, which block us from experiencing healing and miracles.

Often, when we enter into contemplative prayer and start to notice our own negativity instead of the mystical revelations from God we’d hoped for, we decide we’re not good at prayer and run for the hills.  Though that is understandable because it’s scary to realize how far we are from perfect unity with God …

I’m here to tell you: Don’t quit.

If you continue to retreat into the silence of contemplation of God’s infinite goodness, He can liberate you from everything holding you back from fully experiencing His love and pouring it into the world, which so desperately needs it. 

Thomas Merton said “We are able to decide whether we ourselves, and that portion of the world which is ours, shall become aware of His presence, consecrated by it, and transfigured by it’s light.”

The question is: will you persevere in prayer through the obstacles or not? 

I encourage you to educate yourself about the power of faith and prioritize taking time to meditate on God’s infinite love for you. Invite Christ’s love, mercy, forgiveness and healing power into the darker parts of yourself, and never give up until you’re free of them and experiencing the fullness of life in Christ.

Unity with God is a lifelong process, but perseverence in prayer pays off in the short run too.  Even just one encounter with God’s love for you will change your life in the best possible way.

Prayer

God, please inspire anyone reading this to step away from the frenetic pace of modern life to spend some time in silence focusing on Your goodness and love. Infuse them with the grace of motivation to persevere in prayer, even when it requires them to confront parts of themselves they’d rather not see. Fill them with Your Spirit, and give them a life changing encounter with Your Love, along with the grace to persevere through all inner healing and trials they encounter until they rest secure in perfect unity with You. Amen.

Action step 

Set aside some time each day (even just 15 minutes in the morning before the household wakes up) to allow God to pour the richess of His love into You. Try saying an Our Father or a simple invocation for God to fill You with the Holy Spirit, then rest in His love for you. Just keep returning your thoughts to God and patiently work through any distractions until you learn to “be still and know that I am God.” Another option is to read a scripture verse and ask God to fill you with the Spirit to understand it.

 

 

Prayer for lives shattered by violence

Jesus, we know You are near to the broken hearted, and we know you save those, who are crushed in spirit.

Please send an infinite shower of graces over all the innocent people, whose lives have been shattered by acts of violence and hatred.

Send an outpouring of Your Spirit like a balm of sweetness to console them during their time of grief.

Fill their hearts with the peace that surpasses understanding, and give them the strength to persevere through this painful time of change.

Surround them with a faithful support network, which provides unconditional love and leads them ever closer to You through this time.

Give them the grace of pure forgiveness in their hearts, so they can experience freedom from all anger and bitterness, which would tempt them to despair.

Infuse them with Your strength to persevere through every emotional, physical and financial struggle they must endure.

Heal their broken hearts, and help them to see this struggle as a spiritual opportunity to grow closer to You in a powerful way.

Infuse them with Your wisdom, understanding, knowledge and other spiritual gifts to deepen their connection with You.

Create beauty out of the ashes of their loss, Lord – like only You can. And give them the grace to Glorify You by their faith and courage through this tragedy.

In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Are you personally dealing with the aftermath of violence? Please share your story in the comments below, and we will lift you and your loved ones in prayer. Thank you and God bless.

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