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Recently, my Faith was tested.

In a 72-hour period, I was called to prayer three times. First for a friend who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The next day for a nephew, who was having a tumor removed from his neck. Then that evening, my 7-year-old old woke up in excruciating pain.

When a doctor suggests that your child should see a bone tumor specialist, it doesn’t matter that s/he adds “for peace of mind” as the reason behind the referral; because the reality is: It does not give you peace of mind.

Thankfully, for me and my family, we all received good news. My friend with the brain tumor did not.

Though the doctor believed the whole tumor was removed, the biopsy revealed an aggressive cancer.

I made it a point to visit this mother-of-five on my last visit home. To my surprise, we found her healthy, energetic — and with a complete head of hair!

I guess I’ve watched too many episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. I just assumed that her head would be shaved. I also discovered that she was not awake during the surgery. Another Grey’s deception.

Regardless of her physical condition, she was spiritually alive! The fortifying force behind her re-energized faith came from an unlikely source: A cardinal.

It appears that people across the nation have been receiving great comfort at the sight of cardinals in their yard.  Google it. Or go on Pinterest. You’ll see. Many people believe that these beautiful birds are delivering a comforting message from Heaven.

Now, I believe the sighting has to be unusual, like a lone cardinal in the midst of a winter storm. (So, a Spring migration of a flock cardinals might not qualify.) Or, as in my friend’s case, it could be a sudden daily appearance.

The genesis of this belief appears to be the poem below, written by Victoria McGovern.

cardinal-poem

Whether or not you believe that loved ones return and assist us on Earth is up for you.

I talk to and pray with the departed in my biological and Christian family daily! So far, not one of them has ever talked back to me — at least not in the here and now.

But as I explain to my children, God does talks to you — in your heart. And so do your loved ones!

They are still with us in the Communion of Saints, the spiritual solidarity which binds together the faithful on earth and the souls in heaven in the unity of the mystical Body.

It is not merely by title that we cherish the memory of those in Heaven.

It’s a real communion. In this communion, the merciful love of God and His saints is always attentive to our prayers — especially prayers of hope and renewal offered in times of despair.

Traditionally, the cardinal was a symbol of hope and restoration.

In Christianity, the cardinal symbolizes: Everlasting vitality; The faith in the blood of Christ, as the birds are red in color; and Christmas, the birth of Our Lord, Jesus.

The name cardinal, coincidentally, comes from the Latin word cardo.

 

The Cardo was the main corridor of ancient cities, running north-south. Ancient Jerusalem had a Cardo. It was the hub of life. The “heart” of the city. A conduit to all things of value.

Today, the once wide and glorious corridor between God and the world appears to be over-grown and hardly used.

Just took around, our nation appears to be at a tipping point. Even so, our lives are sadly less impacted by chaos than most of the world around us.

We need to rebuild the pathway between God and the world. We need a new Cardo, if you will.

With that, the cardinal appears to be taking on a new symbol.

Like its namesake, the cardinal has become a spiritual corridor, running heavenly north and south, symbolically binding together the faithful on earth and the souls in heaven, in the mystical hub of life, found in the soul center of your heart.

An answer to prayers. The merciful love of God and His saints. A symbol of Hope and Faith.

A sign from Heaven.

 

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

POST SCRIPT:

Yes, I’m aware of the theology behind the creation of angels. Not the time or place. Peace.

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It often becomes awkward when people discover that I teach science.

First, when someone discovers I teach secondary school, they assume, because I’m a writer, that I teach English.  Next, when they discover that I’m a science teacher, they tilt their head and say something like, “How can you teach science and be religious?” — as if one excludes they other.

They do not.

Recently, while preparing to teach my AP Biology class, I read a paper on Fetal microchimerism. It’s a phenomenon involving fetal development that has lead to more questions than answers, but it is still fascinating.

Here’s my layperson interpretation: Though we know that blood cells of the mother and the fetus do not cross the placenta, stem cells of the fetus do. These stem cells can last, circulating in the mother’s system, for almost four decades.

Even more interesting, these stem cells can cross back across the placenta into a future child. So, simply put, unless you are the first born in your family, you have stem cells of your older siblings inside of you.

Wow! Being the youngest Dobkowski, I have my brother’s cells inside of me. That’s cool and creepy, at the same time.

Then, suddenly it hit me: That means Jesus’ stem cells crossed over into his mother, Mary.

As a Catholic Christian, I am familiar with some of the Marian traditions passed down through the centuries, such as: The Immaculate Conception, The Assumption of Mary/ Dormition of the Mother of God, Mary’s Perpetual Virginity….

Many of my non-Catholic Christians friends have a problem with these Church Teachings that have been passed down to the Faithful, through the ages, by Tradition.

However, the recent scientific discovery of fetal microchimerism not only scientifically supports the doctrine of these three Church Apostolic teachings, it confirms them.

In a three-part series, I will be showing you how science proves what the Church has been teaching — by faith alone — for nearly 2,000 years.

With today being the 100th Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, I would like to discuss how the recent scientific discovery of fetal microchimerism strongly confirms the Church teaching of Mary’s perpetual virginity.

I know this is a hot-bed of contention for many non-Catholic Christians because the Bible clearly states that James was the Brother of Our Lord and that Jesus had siblings … Or does it?

There are plenty of Catholic Christian sources that defend the perpetual virginity of our Blessed Mother, so I decided not to use the words of Catholic theologians, on this matter, but the writings of the Reformers themselves.

Regarding the common argument from Matthew 1.24-25 that Christ had siblings, the famous Reformer, John Calvin thought “that no just and well-grounded inference can be drawn from these words of the Evangelist, as to what took place after the birth of Christ.”

Calvin was not alone among the Protestant Reformers in defending the perpetual virginity of our Blessed Mother. Martin Luther, Huldrych Zwingli and John Wesley all believed that the Mother of God remained Ever Virgin.  But don’t take my word for it.  Read what all three  wrote about the “blessed Virgin Mary” and Her perpetual virginity.

Regardless of what these Reformers believed, if Jesus was not an only child, then He, a devout Jew, would have broke Jewish Law by handing his mother over to St. John at the foot of the Cross. Something a devout Jew with brothers, would not — and could not — do.

So, Christ had to be an only child, biologically.  And I’ll prove it — using science.

In 2013, Miranda P. Dierselhuis and Els Goulmy wrote:

The presence of circulating fetal cells in mothers (microchimerism) during and after pregnancy is well established.1,2 Yet, nulliparous women carry male microchimeric cells as well.35 Vanished male twins,6 (un)known miscarriages of male fetuses,7 male leukocytes present in semen entering the female’s circulation,8,9 and transmaternal passage of cells derived from elder brothers10 have been suggested as possible sources of male microchimerism [Read more here.]

When read in the light of Scripture, the excerpt above becomes even more fascinating.

Since scripture teaches us that Mary was a virgin, none of the possibilities of microchimerism would apply to the Mother of God — except the “transmateral passage of cells derived from elder brothers.”

However, Dr. C. I. Scofield tells us why Mary had no brothers — period.

The editor of the Scofield Study Bible concluded that because of a blood curse on the Davidic royal line (Jer. 22:30), the Lord’s claim to the Throne of David could only have come through Mary, a descendant of David’s, and then only if she had no brothers. [1]

Why is this important?

Jesus was God Incarnate and without sin.  So, He could not have anyone else’s cells in Him — cells bearing the inheritable stain of mortal sin.

So, Mary scientifically not only had to be a virgin, but a non-microchimeric virgin at the time of the Incarnation, as well.

For that very same reasoning, Mary also had to stay Ever-Virgin.

You see, science reveals that by 7-weeks, the fetus’s stem cell begin to cross-over into the mother.

As stated above, these fetal stem cells don’t just cross over and dwell inside of Mom as the nourished baby develops and grows, but they also return to the womb and nest inside future siblings.  That’s why  Dierselhuis and  Goulmy came to the conclusion that  “all humans are born as microchimeras.”

Since all of Mary’s biological off-spring — if she had any — would have followed in lineage after her first-born, who was Jesus Christ, all of Jesus’ brothers and sisters,  according to Dierselhuis and Goulmy’s findings, would have been “born as microchimeras” — more specifically, microchimeras with Christ.

Science calls the phenomenon fetal microchimerism, after the chimera, a monster from Greek mythology that was part lion, goat and dragon. However, if your are a chimera with Christ, micro or not, you are technically part God.

That would make any brothers and sisters of Jesus biologically consubstantial with Our Lord and, therefore, according to our Creed, make these siblings, ispo facto, of one and the same substance to the Father — in short, part of the Holy Trinity.

Based on what we now know on fetal microchimerism, to say that Jesus had brothers and sisters, sounds a bit blasphemous — biologically speaking.

All this becomes clearer when shared in the light of Isaiah 59:2:

But your iniquities have separated you from your God….

Remember, at the time of the Incarnation, the Holy Spirit — which dwells in us — was not yet been given to the Church.  Pentecost hadn’t happened and the Resurrection was 30-plus years away.

The world, as a whole, was still in a sinful condition and the debt of this sin had not yet been paid.

So,  Jesus could not be within His brothers and sisters  — who have not yet had the stain of original sin wiped clean or been saved by the Sanctify Grace given to us through Christ’s Death and Resurrection — AND ALSO be separated from them at the same time.

That’s a major contradiction — and God can’t contradict Himself.

Now, if you’re Catholic, I know what you’re thinking: What about Holy Communion? Doesn’t Christ enter our body when we receive his Body and Blood, you ask.

Theologically, no!

When we go partake in Holy Communion, we enter into the Body of Christ. 

More specifically, we unite ourselves to Christ, who makes us sharers in his Body and [in his] Blood to form a single body” (Cathecism 1331).  This communion is why we are not suppose to receive Eucharist unworthily and/or with the knowledge of committing a mortal sin.

That’s why St. Paul tell us, “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord” (1 Cor 11-27).

(You can read more about this in the Theology of Jesus’ Blood Type … next week.)

Venial sins, if you are wondering, are washed away by the water we bless ourselves with when we enter the Church and, again and again, by the nine prayers said during Mass that forgive us of our venial sins.  

Science and Scripture both teach us that Light does not exist in Darkness

So, therefore, Jesus, the Light of the World, could never dwell in any body where there is the absolute darkness of sin.  Not as a single-cell.  Nor in any multicellular form.

The science is clear, and because it’s clear, my Faith is sealed.

 

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

 

COMING UP:

Part II:  The Science Behind the Assumption of Mary (August 15, 2017)
Part III: The Science Behind the Immaculate Conception (December 8, 2017)

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. For six years, James taught At-Risk kids in Los Angeles. Today, he lives in New York where he continues to write — and teach. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman & McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

 

FIGURE SOURCE:

Boddy, A. M., Fortunato, A., Wilson Sayres, M. and Aktipis, A. (2015), Fetal microchimerism and maternal health: A review and evolutionary analysis of cooperation and conflict beyond the womb. BioEssays, 37: 1106–1118. doi:10.1002/bies.201500059

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/bies.201500059/full

 

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Often, I am asked, “What is Corporation YOU?”

The simple answer is: Corporation YOU is an inspirational narrative that will lead you up the ladder of personal success and happiness.

However, Corporation YOU is so much more.

So, “What is Corporation YOU?” Watch the video below for the answer…

Now you know the answer to the question “What is Corporation YOU?”

It is a discovery of a world within — a world of higher purpose, a world of action, a world “beyond self.” It is in this world where YOU grow “beyond self”.

And if they can do it, So Can YOU!

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

ABOUT THE VIDEO:
There is a mission to get Canadians to eat together. Because so much good happens when we do. Learn more at eattogether.presidentschoice.ca/

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Often, I am asked, “What is Corporation YOU?”

The simple answer is: Corporation YOU is an inspirational narrative that will lead you up the ladder of personal success and happiness.

However, Corporation YOU is so much more.

So, “What is Corporation YOU?” Watch the video below for the answer…


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Now you know the answer to the question “What is Corporation YOU?”

It is a discovery of a world within — a world of higher purpose, a world of action, a world “beyond self.” It is in this world where YOU grow “beyond self”.

And if they can do it, So Can YOU!

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

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It was Taco Tuesday at the Dobkowski House.  As we passed the chopped lettuce, grated cheese and diced tomatoes, my 7-year-old asked me, “Daddy, does God love the Devil?”

“That’s a good question, Bud,” I replied, unwilling to admit that I was stumped.  I elicited my wife’s help and, together, we started to piecemeal the story of the fall of Satan and his prideful followers, as I stalled for more time.

All the while, my three-year-old kept interjecting, “But Daddy … But Daddy…”

Finally, I conceded.

“But Daddy, Jesus loves the Devil … He just doesn’t like what he does.”

Well, said!

 

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman & McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

 

 

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For six years, I worked with At-Risk kids in the Los Angeles area.  For three of those years, I worked at the Community Day School, an alternative school, in the Burbank Unified School District.

Among the student body were Armenian students.

Sadly, it was the first time in my life I heard of the Armenian Genocide, as my Armenian students began to share their history with me.

I found it odd how, in high school and college, I learned about the Holocaust, the Irish “Potato” Famine, the Atrocities Against Native Americans and the slew of abuses endured by African Americans from the Atlantic Slave Trade, Slavery, KKK, Jim Crow, etc.   We even discussed the more recent Rwandan Genocide.

I’ve heard of Burma, Darfur, South Sudan  and Syria.

But it wasn’t until I was teaching in Los Angeles, in a school district that borders the city of Glendale, home to one of the largest Armenian communities outside of Armenia, that I heard of the Armenian  Genocide.

According to the Armenian Genocide Museum webpage:

Since the 1920s April 24th is the day Armenians commemorate the victims of Armenian Genocide, the most tragic element of Armenian history.

On April 24, 1915 hundreds Armenian Intellectuals: poets, musicians, publicists, editors, lawyers, doctors, deputies, were arrested in Constantinople under warrants issued by the Turkish authorities. They were all sent into exile and were horrifically slaughtered. The annihilation of the Armenian Intellectuals was the part of a systematic, fiendish plan to exterminate the Armenian people in their homeland. It was the first state-planned Genocide of the 20th century.

There were an estimated two million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire before the First World War. Approximately one and a half million Armenians were killed from 1915-1923. The remaining part was either islamized or exiled.

 

Many credit the public outcry over the Armenian Genocide as being the first humanitarian movement in the United States, Kate Nahapetian wrote on April 24, 2014.   It resulted in the creation of the Near East Foundation in 1915, she continued, which raised over $100,000,000 for Armenian survivors and orphans. Hollywood stars joined the campaign to raise money and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson arbitrated land claims against the Ottoman Empire that would have guaranteed Armenia access to the sea.

But Armenians were soon forgotten as national and energy interests trumped concerns for international law and justice. (Wow.  Sound familiar?)

Hollywood again is bringing attention to the Armenian Genocide.  This genocide is the backdrop of the movie “The Promise“.  Before you can never forget, you must first have awareness.  So, hopefully, this big budget film will raise finally America’s awareness to the Armenian Genocide.

It’s time not only to remember the Armenian Genocide, but to recognize the Armenian Genocide! 

No longer can we remain silent and give license to people like Hilter, who justified the Holocaust by asking: “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

Գիւղը կանգնի՝ գերան կը կոտրի

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. For six years, James taught At-Risk kids in Los Angeles. Today, he lives in New York where he continues to write — and teach. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman & McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

 

Click here to learn more about the Armenian Genocide.

 

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Rarely does my family watch Network Television.

If we do, I hold my hand securely on the remote with my finger on the mute button. The TV dilemma is two-fold: Either the content is inappropriate or the commercials are “not ready for Prime Time.”

Maybe my wife and I are just old school or too traditional. (In defense of network television, I find my pastor’s sermons often inappropriate for my children’s ears — especially with his constant use of he-double hockey sticks and the frequent use of the Lord’s name … often, in what us traditionalist consider to be, in vain.)

There’s few places for parent to go these days. To paraphrase Rascal Flatts “I miss Mayberry … where everything is black and white.”

Thankfully, there’s MeTV where my kids and I can go back in time and watch the timeless episodes of the Andy Griffith Show.

Instead of being a watchtower of protection with the remote pointed at my flat-screen and my finger resting on the trigger, my couch once again becomes what is was intended to be: A sanctuary of comfort where I can stretched-out my arms and wrap them around my boys.

Families need more of that today! And, TV needs more Mayberry!

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. For six years, James taught At-Risk kids in Los Angeles. Today, he lives in New York where he continues to write — and teach. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman & McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

 

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