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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.

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

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