Father Walter Ciszek, S.J. tells the gripping, astounding story of his twenty-three years in Russian prison camps in Siberia, how he was falsely ...Show synopsisFather Walter Ciszek, S.J. tells the gripping, astounding story of his twenty-three years in Russian prison camps in Siberia, how he was falsely imprisoned as an "American spy", the incredible daily rigors of life as a prisoner, and his extraordinary faith in God and committment to his priestly vows and vocation.Hide synopsis
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In 1963 a plane touched down in New York and landed Father Walter Ciszek of the Society of Jesus in the country of his birth after an absence of nearly thirty years. During that time, Father Ciszek resided in Russia, behind the Iron Curtain, in prisons, in Siberia, and always surrounded by unimaginable hardships. For many years he had been presumed dead as no correspondence reached the United States. In 1963, however, an exchange was made between the respective governments of the two countries and Father Ciszek was allowed to return. Shortly afterwards, Father Ciszek committed his experiences to posterity and to history in his book wherein he recalls his life among the Russian people.
With God in Russia is a powerful and inspirational book. The stories Father Ciszek tells of his years in Russia are incredible and often chilling. After reading the book, however, one is left with a hopeful feeling. Father Davis says in the foreword: ?He asks only that we try to grasp the meaning of what, with God?s grace, he has endured ? the meaning of a life lived as a witness that the love of Christ knows no frontiers.? Indeed, Father Ciszek stresses God and His providence throughout the entire book. This attitude can be easily seen in a passage where Father Ciszek speaks about one of the prisons he spent many years in. ?Lubianka was a hard school, but a good one. I learned there the lesson which would keep me going in the years to come: religion, prayer, and love of God do not change reality, but they give it a new meaning. In Lubianka I grew firmer in my conviction that whatever happened in my life was nothing else than a reflection of God?s will for me. And He would protect me.?
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