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Part IIIc…The Healing Begins!

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on June 30, 2009

Before I even type one word concerning obvious signs, I wish to relate a true story that requires your careful attention and respect.  Without this as a background, what you will read will seem cold and harsh instead of wounded and hurt.  For its truth I can personally testify the validity of the claim.

True Story

Picture, if you will, a small child whose current living situation consists of their parents, an older sibling, and an abusive grandmother.  The grandmother had a rather tragic life, what with her first husband committing suicide by hanging himself from the rafters.  Her two sons were the ones to find him. Interestingly, neither of them remembers the other being there.  Needless to say, all were profoundly affected and the mother dealt with her loss by turning to alcohol.  As a result, she became very abusive – both verbally and physically.  Her children undoubtedly bore the brunt of the abuse (2 sons and 2 daughters).

Her children eventually married, and one – the father of the two children mentioned above – decided to take his mother in to live with him and his family as she was not doing well by herself.  The kindness did not change the mother’s behaviors or habits, and her abuse then extended to his wife.

You know the old children’s rhyme, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words would never hurt me!” Who thought up that abominable LIE?!  Verbal abuse is actually WORSE than physical abuse because you cannot see the wounds left behind – the very DEEP WOUNDS left behind.  And since the abused have no idea they have been deeply wounded, the do not seek medical help to heal those wounds… but I digress.

Soon those abusive behaviors became part of the daughter-in-law’s behaviors, and her victims became her own children.  Her husband was already a victim of his mother’s attacks, and thus did not see the need to intervene.  After all, the abused rarely recognize abuse of others since, for them, it’s just normal behavior.  So the wife’s frustration level increased to the point of over-flowing and flowed-out of herself to her children. The most unfortunate part, one of her children was still very impressionable, and so they learned the WRONG behaviors as RIGHT behaviors or normal behaviors.

The child learned criticism instead of compliment, inadequacy instead of encouragement, they learned manipulation instead of compassion, they learned to give intimately in order to control and maintain instead of whole-hearted self-giving that allows for growth.  Thus the damage was complete and extensive setting forever into their conscious.  They received what I have come to understand as a mal-formed conscience– believing what is wrong is right and what is right is wrong – instead of receiving a conscience– that is seeing RIGHT and thinking it is WRONG and that WRONG is RIGHT.

This child’s malformed conscience began to express itself in school as the child only criticized and manipulated their fellow classmates, thus effectively alienating them from life-long friendships.  Temporary friendships were all they could maintain, excepting the one or two that followed who allowed the control and the manipulation as just part of the friendship.

Even after the mother-in-law moved away from the family, the damage she had caused remained and grew steadily worse.  Soon the two parents barely spoke to one another unless called for.  By the time the children were grown and left home, the father was spending much of his time in his hobby-shop or outside of the house while the mom went back to school, earned a degree and became a teacher.  The children grew too.  One married someone the family didn’t approve of and there has been strife in that matter ever since.  The other child married someone the family saw as easy to control and manipulate, even though there were many years between them, the family approved and the two were married with the family’s blessing.  They eventually had three children, and I am the first of the three.

To say that manipulation was from the beginning is no small matter.  Pre-marital relations existed, as did with many couples who used contraception in my parent’s day– and still is true today.  Parents who practice contraception often teach their children to “mind your P’s and Q’s”, which is code for “protect yourself with contraception” and is often the practice of the child/adult even after they are married. This particular child was also taught to seek a career before you have any kids – because once the kids come, bye bye career!  Thus presenting the other reason why contraception was taught and practiced.

Well, it was due to faulty contraception that conceived the first child, me.  Therefore, the above statement came true. But truly that was only a grain of salt added to the package that would eventually break the camel’s back – or would provide the final breaking-point.  Here is what really began the downward spiral towards hatred.

When the child was born (me), I became the first of two granddaughters – the other grandchild was born from the woman that the family didn’t approve of.  So, when I came into the world, the Grandparents were overjoyed and doted on me, giving me all the attention they could.  When I began my forming years, age 1 to 2 yrs – my Grandmother, the teacher, took it upon herself to teach me how to read.  I was reading just before the age of 2 yrs. Compliment after compliment, encouraging word after encouraging word… and this from the parent who never gave their own child even one word of encouragement or even one syllable of a compliment. What transformation had taken place?  Would it extend to their own children, and in particular to my parent?  No.  I’m sorry to say it did not, and still has not to this day.

So, if you were this parent, a person who excelled in everything you did, just to win one kind word from your mother and/or father, only never EVER to receive one… and you were raised with the notion that a spouse was something you MUST get no matter what the cost, a career is more desirable then children – so watch your p’s and q’s and use that contraception wisely… how would you feel – towards yourself and towards your child?  Be honest.  Would you take the situation lightly?  Would you shrug your shoulders and say, “Oh well! That’s life.” Or would you react as any wounded and hurt human being would react?  Wounded, hurt, and maybe a little bit… angry?

In order to heal a wound, it is necessary to understand the root cause of that wound, so that the correct medicine can be applied, yes?  In the case of an emotional wound, understanding, then, can lead self awareness which can lead to the desiring of forgiveness; forgiveness not just towards another person, but also towards oneself.  It’s a BOTH/AND situation: GOOD THEOLOGY. 😉  And THAT is the stated goal of this final Posting in this series, HEALING.

To be continued…

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Ever Find Yourself…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on June 26, 2009

…working through your day only to realize that the day has passed and you are now into your evening?  The days ARE passing faster than ever before – too many people I have come in contact with have commented on that reality for me to think : it’s “just me”.  With all that is going on it’s no wonder.  Again, God is reaching out to us, but ESPECIALLY in the Daily Mass, and even more importantly, in today’s Gospel reading.

Today’s Gospel reading came from St. Matthew, and it kind of spoke to me during the homily, it said,

We are all Lepers, diseased within our members, calling out to Christ for healing within our souls. But our voices are weakening with all the bombardment from the enemy.  So we shout even louder, “Jesus!  If You will it, You can heal me!”

Jesus HAS willed to heal us.  He has given us every possible tool, every possible access, every possible opportunity to receive Him and BE HEALED.

Just recently, plans for travel to my “home state” were cancled due to complications.  But I have a suspicion there was more there than just complications.  Recently I’ve looked at the pages being viewed and realized, HEALING comes from Christ ALONE, and yet, He often uses many different sources to reach out to those in need of healing.  I need to get to it and finish something He began.

This brings me to my purpose in making this Post… though to be honest, I had no real idea until this very moment EXACTLY what God had in mind.  Healing.  Not just for me, but for those involved in the complicated problems existing with the above mentioned trip.

Thus shall I do: I will continue and conclude, over the next however-long-it-takes, to finish my Return Home series.  The next installments won’t be easy, but perhaps they will encourage others to look seriously into their own lives and recognize their need for HEALING.  Perhaps even a conversion or two (or three or how many God wants…) will come about as a result.  Whatever God desires, HIS Will, not mine, BE DONE!

When He came down from the mountain, great crowds followed Him; 2 and behold, a leper came to Him and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, if You will, You can make me clean.” 3 And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to the people.” ~Mt 8:1-4

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