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Question from bennyjoseph on 2/5/2009:

i would like to know if what is the official teaching of holly catholic church about the curses carried on to generations.i raise this issue because i often hear from some of the teachers that the curses are being handed over to generations, which i feel is contradictory to lords offer of life and peace. thanks and regards

benny

Answer by David Gregson on 5/18/2009:

To my knowledge, the Church has made no formal statement on the effectiveness of curses. In the experience of exorcists, however, curses may be effective. The most dire effect is not on the one cursed, but on the one who does the cursing and on the one who has asked that it be done, because in so doing, they are invoking the Devil's aid, increasing his power over them.

Why would God allow curses to work, particularly on Christians? God's will is often mysterious, but it's evident from the natural evils that Christians suffer that God doesn't deliver us from all trials. They are occasions for our growth, by drawing us closer to Him for help in time of need.

As to curses that may continue from generation to generation in a family, the remedy would be similar to that of a curse on an individual. Each person affected by the curse would need to draw closer to God, for His protection. These are acts of devotion, by which we may seek His protection:

Pray a daily mystery of the Rosary
Read the Gospel daily for 5 minutes
Speak daily with God
Go to Mass, at least on Sundays and days of obligation
Have a blessed crucifix in the house
Have a blessed image of the Virgin Mary in the house
Make a daily sign of the cross with holy water

One last thought, it's usually hard to distinguish the effects of a curse from the natural troubles we face in this world. If our troubles don't subside with these acts of devotion, the likelihood is that they are not the effects of a curse.

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