Our parish hosted a mission that was given by a priest whose ministry focuses on healing. One of the more prominent (and controversial) elements of this mission included prayers for generational healing. Here are some statements from his document on how to prepare for this service:
“Great traumas may be healed through generational healing prayer without your knowing their exact cause. However, if you find that your family’s problems are not completely resolved after one Holy Communion or healing prayer session, continue to intercede for them. In some cases, it may be necessary for prayer for the Healing of Generations to be repeated several times for family bloodlines.”
This seems to denigrate the value of redepmtive suffering and deny the necessity of bearing the cross as commanded by Our Lord in the gospels.
Here is a prayer that’s recited during the petitions at this service:
“We ask you to surround us, Lord Jesus with Your Holy Light. Heavenly Father, let the healing waters of our baptisms now flow back through our maternal and paternal generations to purify our family lines of Satan and sin.”
This seems to pervert the purpose of baptism, which remits the guilt of original sin and any actual sins committed at the time it is received. How can it be claimed that the graces of my baptism can flow back to others?
Thanks for any guidance you can provide.