A discussion to enhance Christian thought and practice by Leon Podles.


  1. Deanna Leonti

    What would you suggest?, I am listening.

  2. Paul Davison

    Unfortunately much of what the Catholic church taught me about human sexuality was based on a combination of fear and ignorance. They literally insult ones intelligence when they act in that manner. Only a truth based on knowledge can start to get things moving in the right direction. Christ Himself wanted us to use our brains. “Haven’t you read the scriptures?” was His reaction to those who tried to insult His intelligence.

  3. Arielle Roper


    Contact: Rhonda Funk FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Email: rhonda@bringitoncommunications.com April 23, 2010

    Phone: 541.549.1139

    April 28th Fear To Freedom Day

    Renewed Hope, Restored Self-worth and Redeemed Joy For Victims

    Sisters, Oregon, April 23, 2010-Burdened for so many women that have been crushed with fear from an experience with sexual assault, Rosemary Trible has been speaking across the country about her own dark journey with fear that began in December of 1975. That was when she was violently raped at gunpoint after hosting a television talk show on sexual assault in Richmond, Virginia. In her new book Fear To Freedom (VMI Publishers, February 1, 2010), she shares her passion to walk alongside victims encouraging them that whatever has broken their hearts – whatever has stolen their joy – that the cycle of fear can be broken and that their lost joy can be found again.

    As April is recognized as sexual assault month, we would like to make April 28th, Fear to Freedom Day. Rosemary, the wife of former Congressman and Senator Paul Trible (R-VA) says, “I believe we do not have to be trapped by the grip of fear but can find freedom to move from victim to victory. Like bacteria that stays in the dark only grows, but dies when it is brought to the light, it’s time to bring this terrible crime into the light and empower women to stand up for the voices of many who have kept this secret deep in their hearts.”

    The statistics are frightening – 1 in 6 women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime and 1 in 33 men. Half of those will be 18 years old or younger, and college age women are four times more likely to be raped. However, less then 6% of rapist ever spend a day in jail! Trible states, “I have come to believe, a man who rapes you does not want to destroy you for a day, but destroy you for a lifetime. They place that dagger of fear deep in your heart that continues to haunt you long after the physical pain is gone.”

    Calling on our nation, Rosemary asks us to unite on April 28th in saying enough is enough. It is time to offer renewed hope, restored self-worth and redeemed joy for victims. We can uphold one another so that this terrible brokenness does not leave a person in depression, a loss of self-esteem and fear. Rosemary closes by saying, “He (the rapist) wins if we let a sexual assault destroy our lives, but each day we live with joy in our lives, we win. I hope you will join me in “taking back the joy” that has been stolen and help victims to begin their journey from fear to forgiveness to freedom!”


    Please help make a difference with us and other groups (such as Young Life, and RAINN-Rape Abuse and Incest National Network) by broadcasting this message or by posting this to a blog on April 28th. We are hoping to gather 100 Fear to Freedom stories of people who have overcome being sexually assaulted and are willing to share with others the healing they received to empower others so that they too can break the chains of fear. This can be done anonymously if you prefer by just giving a first name and city (Jane in Dallas, Texas) and entering your story on the Facebook Fan Page -Fear To Freedom. Also a group has committed to pray for each of these individuals for the month of May.

    To learn more about Rosemary Trible visit her website at http://www.feartofreedomjourney.com

    To book Rosemary for an interview please contact Rhonda Funk at Bring It On! Communications Phone: 541.549.1139 or Email to: rhonda@bringitoncommunications.com

  4. Robert Edmund Lawrence Jr.

    Greetings Mr. Podles,
    Thank you for the interesting posts on my ancestors Lydia, Cornelius and Frederick Newbold Lawrence. My father would have found it quite informative tracing the correspondence between them. This past April I paid visit to our homesteads in Flushing Meadows (Lawrence Ave/College Point) and Bayside (216th/picnic/graveyard/Stone house residence) after visiting the Queens Historical Society. I did sense a feeling of spiritual connection to these particular ancestors that my dad spoke very highly of. Will be finding Lydia’s book on Spiritualism to read too. Thank you.

  5. Mike Montesano

    In the New York Public Library, there is a great collection of documents concerning the Schieffelin Family (It has been a while but I believed they are even called The Schieffelin Papers) and they are house in the Historical Section. I went through them concerning Hannah Lawrence’s Journal regarding the period in time when she eloped with Jacob Schieffelin. They boarded a ship to sail across Lake Ontario to arrive at Fort Niagara on a stop during his travels to a British Military Post further west. They nearly died in a storm on the lake and had the ship sunk, would we still have the Starling’s in America. Probably so, but the story would not be as interesting to me. Also, it is always thrilling to hold first hand documents of people you are researching and there are even lockets of hair in letters that were written; all there in this collection

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