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With God in Russia
First Things ^ | 1/23/13 | Tim Kelleher

Posted on 02/05/2013 8:25:47 AM PST by marshmallow

Colbert Report chaplain and envoy-at-large to the entertainment community, Jim Martin, S.J., has announced the very good news that Walter Ciszek’s With God In Russia, is now available on Kindle, courtesy of America Press.

For anyone not yet familiar with Ciszek or this book, I urge you to get hold of it. You will be rewarded by encountering heroic sanctity, not through the hagiographic distancing of centuries, but in the searing light and existential detail of a time still very much our own. It is an opportunity to be with someone who loved God the way so many of us yearn to.

Walter Ciszek was a Jesuit who answered his Church’s call to serve in the Soviet Union during the darkest days of Stalin’s repression. It proved to be an exacting call.After completing his rigorous preparation at the Russicum in Rome, Ciszek was deployed to a village on the blurry border between Poland and Ukraine, and was soon arrested on suspicion of espionage.

For the next two and a half decades he lived life as a prisoner – from the dread confines of Lubianka to the brutalizing camps of Solzhenitsyn’s gulag. Throughout, his daily bread included torture, deprivation, and humiliations of nearly every stripe.

The book clearly means a great deal to Martin, and in his fine introduction to the new edition he exercises pastoral sensitivity in anticipating that, “. . . Some readers might put this book down, moved and inspired to connect it to their own lives. They might say, ‘I’m no hero. I could never do what Ciszek did.’ Or, ‘What do my small problems have to do with his?’ That, however, would be missing the point of this book, which offers a great deal of wisdom for our daily lives.”

I too have........

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1 posted on 02/05/2013 8:25:50 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Thanks. Another for the reading list.


2 posted on 02/05/2013 9:26:38 AM PST by marron
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To: marshmallow

The deacon from my parish gave me this to read. Tremendous. What a man.


3 posted on 02/05/2013 9:50:44 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("You can observe a lot just by watchin' . - Yogi Berra)
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To: marshmallow

You have to go to the link in the article to get the kindle edition. It’s not listed with the book.


4 posted on 02/05/2013 12:51:34 PM PST by Wicket (God bless and protect our troops and God bless America)
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