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Let’s be clear, the reason why slavery and racism are deplorable is self-evident. Also, I’m not a fan of Confederate statues. I never liked them. (I blogged about it here over a year ago.) As uncomfortable as they make me, here’s why they need to stay up — it’s actually very simple:

So, we NEVER forget!

These statues must remain so no one can ever deny that Slavery never happened in America; that Jim Crow, in all it’s ugly forms, never happened!

Sure, we have museums and places like Gettysburg where we can go. But that’s not enough. There needs to be a reminder in every American town and city of our own atrocities. So, we never forget! So, no one can ever deny it happened. So, it never again occurs.

Once these monuments of Lee, Longsheets, “Stonewall” Jackson and alike are gone, we limit the evidence that such beliefs and actions were once a part of the fabric of America. And, once this is gone, we open the door for a new breed of haters: The Deniers!

So, how do we begin this transition? How do we take a statue of Robert E. Lee and give it new meaning? I believe the great comedian and movie producer Mel Brooks has found it.

Years ago, Brooks told Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes:

“Hitler was part of this incredible idea that you could put Jews in concentration camps and kill them…How do you get even with the man? How do you get even with him?” he asks Wallace. “You have to bring him down with ridicule, because if you stand on a soapbox and you match him with rhetoric, you’re just as bad as he is, but if you can make people laugh at him, then you’re one up on him,” he tells Wallace. “It’s been one of my lifelong jobs – to make the world laugh at Adolf Hitler,” says Brooks.

Charlie Chaplin lampooned Hilter. Disney did as well, sending Hilter to Hell. He also enlisted Donald Duck to do the same. Of course, there’s Hogan’s Hero’s. And let’s not forget the hilarious Hilter Pineapple scene in Adam Sandler’s Little Nicky.

The movie Forest Gump is a perfect example of this type of lampooning. Watch the clip here:

You can’t watch that clip without realizing how sad – and ridiculous was this part of our American history.

So, for now, we need to keep these monuments up for the same reason Forrest Gump’s mother gave him his name.

“Momma said that the Forrest part was to remind me that sometimes we all do things that, well, just don’t make no sense.”

And instead of venting our anger with violence, we can bring these statues down with ridicule – and make the world laugh at Adolph Hilter … and all those like him.

 

 

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.

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 have a problem with these Church Teachings.

However, the recent discovery of fetal microchimerism not only scientifically supports the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception teaching, but it supports the ideology of Mary’s Perpetual Virginity and the Assumption, as well.

I’ve already discussed the science behind Mary’s Perpetual Virginity.  So today, on the Feast of the Assumption, let’s now look at the assumption of Mary into Heaven.

According to Catholic beliefs, the Assumption, and also known as Dormition of the Theotokos or the Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Eastern Orthodox Church, was the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life.

The Catholic Church teaches as dogma — which means you have to believe — that the Virgin Mary “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”.

This doctrine was dogmatically defined by Pope Pius XII on 1 November 1950, in the apostolic constitution Munificentissimus Deus.

Now, it wasn’t until the 1990s, where scientists found the first clues that cells from both sons and daughters can escape from the uterus and spread through a mother’s body. They called the phenomenon fetal microchimerism, the NY Times reports, after the chimera, a monster from Greek mythology that was part lion, goat and dragon. [1]

But fetal cells don’t just drift passively, Carl Zimmer writes in The Times.  Studies of female mice show that fetal cells that end up in their hearts develop into cardiac tissue.

“They’re becoming beating heart cells,” said Dr. J. Lee Nelson, an expert on microchimerism at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. [2]

A 2015 report in the Oxford University Press Molecular Human Reproduction, a peer-reviewed periodical, shows that researchers, who performed autopsies on 26 women who died while pregnant or within 1 month after delivery of a son, found Y-chromosome cells in every tissue cells of the host mother.

Every cell!

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

That means that Mary’s body was literally embedded with Christ’s cells!  This scientifically supports the theological case for that the corporeal assumption of Mary.  Since Mary, the Theotokos, was now biologically consubstantial with Our Lord, her body was rightfully taken up to Heaven just as her Son’s Body was taken up to Heaven.

Now I know what you’re thinking.  Didn’t Jesus ever cut His hair or cut His nails?  And what about all the blood that poured from His body during the Passion and the Crucifixion?

I’m sure Christ had his nails and hair cut throughout His 30-plus earthly ministry.

However, these cells are dead — as are the skin cells that fall off our body by the thousands each day.  However, only your follicles carry your DNA.  Hair and nails are keratinized meaning: The parts that you cut off are mostly keratin protein with only fragments of your DNA.  (I guess CSI was wrong all these years!)

In regards to Jesus’ Blood, much of it would’ve been sopped up and laid in the tomb with Him, as was the custom, since Jews believed blood was part of the body. However, to increase their surface area to hold more oxygen, blood cells lose their nuclei and contain no DNA.

The white blood cells, that would exist — much less in number — in the body along side red blood cells, do contain human DNA.  White blood cells, however, can’t divide and do not reproduce on their own.  Instead, WBCs are produced in the bone marrow.  So, WBC would NOT grow in number outside the human host as do stem cells inside the mother who receives these cells by fetal microchimerism. (If it did, your DNA would change every time you received a blood donation.)

Simply put: If Our Lord’s living and reproducing cells dwelled in His Mother’s body, she, like her Son, would have to be lifted into Heaven!

Why?

Because the living cells of The Living God can not return to dust — since Christ, God Incarnate, being the Only-begotten Son, never came from dust!    But don’t take my word on this.

The Apostle, St. Paul, tells us in his First Letter to the Church in Corinth, “The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.” (1 Corinthians 15:45-49).

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

UP NEXT:

Science Behind the Immaculate Conception

ALSO READ

The Science Behind Mary’s Perpetual Virginity

The Theology of Jesus’ Blood Type

 

 

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

 

Once forgiven, I can still remember my sins — but God cannot!

There are several passages in the Bible that shows how deeply God’s mercy goes. Here at two:

Isaiah 43:25 says, “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”  Hebrews 10:17–18 says,  ‘Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.’ And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.”

Obviously, God is all-knowing.

However, He chooses to not just forgive, but to forget our transgressions.

 

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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The story of Charlie Gard held the Western world captive for several weeks this summer.  Even the Pope got involved.

The Twittersphere appeared to explode with hashtags and opinions – especially after it was revealed that the infant was baptized before he died.  One Tweet stuck with me:  It was from a gentleman who questioned how a merciful God would allow such suffering – especially when it’s congenital.

That can be a valid argument for many.

Often, Believers lose Faith because of the suffering of a Loved One – especially when it’s a child or a grandchild.  So, it is not a surprise when a non-believer confirms his or her disbelief through the use of tragedy.

God did in fact co-create this infant, did He not?   

He is also the creator of all things – including miracles, isn’t He? 

 So, why didN’T God save baby Charlie?

“Many men,” St. John Chrysostom explained, “when they see those who are pleasing to God suffering anything terrible, as, for instance, having fallen into sickness, or poverty and any other like, are offended, not knowing that to those especially dear to God it belongs to endure these things; since Lazarus also was one of the friends of Christ, and was sick.”

It’s difficult to understand that the suffering we endure is not a punishment from God.  It is sometimes a sign of Love.

In times like these, I am reminded The Modern Parable of the Pious Precant. (If you heard it, skip the paragraphs below in italics.)

A man of God took to prayer when he heard a weather report of an oncoming storm with flood warnings.  “God save and protect me,” he prayed.  I have nothing to fear.”  

Moments later, the Sheriff came and asked him to evacuate, but he stayed put. 

“I’m a God fearing man,” he told the Sheriff.  “I’ve prayed for God to save and protect me.  I have nothing to fear.”  So, the Sheriff left to save others.

Soon the storm came and the floodwaters rose.  So, the man moved to the second floor of his home and continued to pray.  Soon, there was a knock on his window and he opened it only to find a rescue boat.  He was ordered to get it the boat and evacuate, but he stayed put.  

“I’ve prayed for God to save and protect me.  I have nothing to fear.”   So, the boat left to save others.

The floodwaters continued to rise.  So, the man moved to the roof of his home and continued to pray  Soon, a helicopter hovered over his home.  A lifeline was dropped from the helicopter and he was ordered to grab the rope so he could be airlifted to safety.  Again, he stayed put.   

“I’ve prayed for God to save and protect me.  I have nothing to fear.”  So, the helicopter left to save others.

The floodwaters, however, continued to rise and the pious man continued to pray as treaded water.  Eventually, this faithful individual could no longer keep his head above water and drowned.

In Heaven, he met his Creator and quickly questioned Him.

“Lord God, I dedicated my life to you.  Why did You not answer any of my prayers?”

“I did answered them, My child,” Lord God replied. “First, I sent you a Sheriff, then a lifeboat, then a helicopter.”

The world had a potential cure for Charlie’s disease.  However, he was denied access to this cure because of the cost.   So, donations flowed forward.  However, Charlie was still denied access because the cure was experimental and in America.   So, the U.S. Congress granted Charlie American residency.  However, Charlie was denied access to travel.

He died July 28, a week before his first birthday, after a judge ordered he be taken off a ventilator.

It appears to me God continued to answer the prayers for Charlie Gard.  Like the Pious Precant, the world response was sanctimonious, self-righteous, and pompous.  In other words, it was pious.

So then, if God didn’t kill Charlie Gard, then who did?

The answer is clear:  Charlie Gard was killed by the same people whose actions led Christ to the Cross and drove the nails into His hands and feet.

 

It was you and me.

 

 

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.

 

To learn more about Charlie Gard and TK2 go to:

Charlie’s instagram page
Charlie’s army Fb page
www.Charliesfight.org

Some people think that just because I’m an inspirational author and a Christian, I have it all together  Well, I don’t.

I have a problem. I suffer from “Krazy Imperfect Dad Syndrome”.

Recently, I lost it.

I wasn’t not proud of it. Frustration got the best of me — and, I unloaded on someone.

Afterwards, my pastor took me to the side and told me that he believes I have anger issues.

I have issues — but anger is not one of them.  I just have “K.I.D.S.”

(Oh, I forgot to mention that this incident happened at church — not during.  I can keep my K.I.D.S. under control during Church.)

So, what happened? It doesn’t matter. If you have K.I.D.S., you know what I mean.

To the person who had to bear the brunt of my frustration, I’m sorry — but my K.I.D.S. makes me over-protective.   Suffering from embarrassment every now-and-then because I’m protective of my K.I.D.S. is something I’ve just learned to live with.

Maybe you’re not buying any of this.

What can I say?  But, you probably don’t know anything about having K.I.D.S.

 

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.  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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“Wow, you are Blessed.  You are truly Blessed.”

I’m sure you’ve heard that say or have stated it yourself.

Personally, I’ve described my life as being “Blessed.”  And often, when I take account of my life — my wife, my children; my job — I truly feel “Blessed” … but am I?

The Gospels are pretty clear on what it is to be “Blessed”. The text of St. Matthew runs as follows:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.
Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

So, do you still believe that you’re “Blessed”?

 

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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