The Healing of Families: How to Pray Effectively for Those Stubborn Personal and Familial Problems
Free Two Day Seminar and Healing Service
Friday, May 17, 2013 – St. Joseph Parish
- 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – Keizer Civic Center (930 Chemawa Rd. NE Keizer, OR 97303)
- 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Seating is limited; please confirm your attendance by request to:
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Pastoral training only; For Clergy, Healthcare Professionals and Lay Leaders:
- Sunday, May 19, 2013
St. Edward Parish (5303 River Rd. N, Keizer, OR)
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Learn how to pray positively and effectively for stubborn family problems that touch you and your family. Learn and experience that God the Father is a God of blessing and healing. Learn and experience how family connections are spiritual connections that. God in Jesus wants to bless and heal.
This is a book about how to effectively pray, Christian prayer, about persistent problems and for healing; all types of healing: physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual. It shows you how what we normally think of as just being our own personal problems in life are in fact deeply rooted familial problems, we only reproduce them with a few personal overtones.We are our families, and our families are us, how can it be otherwise? And therefore, effective prayer for healing most often eludes us as we fail to apply the healing power that the Lord Jesus Christ brought us, to where the problem is rooted, in the family. This happens because we normally think of, and look at, just us, losing the bigger picture, not knowing that we are only a symptom of the problem, a representation, a red dashboard light saying something about the engine, a cog in the wheel of my family; and that it is not a personal problem despite all appearances. Since we think what is going on is our own personal problem, our prayer too follows that pattern, serious falling short of the target. Result: it becomes like a cry in the desert, with no effect! And yet God wants us healed, He constantly sends us healing! But we spend time trying to convince God in prayer to give us what He has already given us: healing, when He sent Jesus Christ! We have little clue that the key is not with God anymore but is right here with us, brought to us by Jesus and left here. We simply don’t know how to use it! And thus God laments: My people perish for not knowing (Hosea 4:6)! This book will pull you out of that “not knowing” and lead you step by step to the full benefit that Christ has already brought to you: not only a healed and useful life, but also a joyful one!
About the author
Fr. Yozefu – Balikuddembe Ssemakula (Fr.Joseph) was born in 1964, and ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1993 in Kampala, Uganda. After a few years of service in his home country, he was part of a grand First Evangelization effort in Darfur, Sudan, for ten years. He is currently serving in the Diocese of Pensacola in Tallahassee, Florida, and is a graduate student of psychology at Notre Dame University, Indiana, USA
Get into the habit of keeping some holy water in your home for periodic cleaning and blessing of your home (pg. 149).
Blessed salt and blessed olive oil are other tools of cleaning.
All three basically do the same job, only some may be more durable than others…
Blessed elements are not another form of superstition; they are the simple use of concrete signs to usher in the invisible life of God. God has always functioned that way – recognizing our concrete bodily nature and its need of concreteness. Strictly speaking, do you really believe that the God who made you has to pour water over your head at the church in order that you become His child, in Baptism? Really? But that’s how He does it. Why? It is because of our bodily need of concrete visible signs. We are not just spirit, we are body and spirit (pg. 150).