Ciszek spent some 23 agonizing years in Soviet prisons and the labor camps of Siberia. He tells of the courage he found in prayer - a courage that eased the loneliness, the pain, the frustrations, the anguish, the fears, the despair. For, as Ciszek relates, the solace of spiritual contemplation gave him an inner serenity upon which he was able to draw amid the "arrogance of evil" that surrounded him. Learning to accept even the inhuman work of toiling in the infamous Siberian gulags as a labor pleasing to God, he was able to turn the adverse forces of circumstance into a source of positive value and a means of drawing closer to the compassionate and never-forsaking Divine Spirit.
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I had only to see it, to discern it in every circumstance in which I found myself, and let myself be ruled by it. God is in all things, sustains all things, directs all things. To discern this in every situation and circumstance, to see His will in all things, was to accept each circumstance and situation and let oneself be borne along in perfect confidence and trust. Nothing could separate me from Him, because He was in all things.
No danger could threaten me, no fear could shake me, except the fear of losing sight of Him. The future, hidden as it was, was hidden in His will and therefore acceptable to me no matter what it might bring.
The past, with all its failures, was not forgotten; it remained to remind me of the weakness of human nature and the folly of putting any faith in self. But it no longer depressed me. I looked no longer to self to guide me, relied on it no longer in any way, so it could not again fail me. By renouncing, finally and completely, all control of my life and future destiny, I was relieved as a consequence of all responsibility.
He Leadeth Me by Fr. Walter Ciszek
Jan 02, Martin Moleski rated it it was amazing I met Fr. Ciszek when I was a novice. As he told us about the tortures he endured during five years of solitary confinement in Lubyanka, he sat bolt upright on the front six inches of his chair--just as he had been forced to do during endless interrogations. Describing the moment he was taken prisoner: "It is I met Fr. Describing the moment he was taken prisoner: "It is impossible to describe the feeling that comes over you at such a time. The feeling that somehow, in an instant of time, everything is changed and nothing will ever again be quite the same.
After his return, he is quoted as stating, "I am an American, happy to be home; but in many ways I am almost a stranger. On December 8, , Ciszek died after many years of declining health, and was buried at the Jesuit Cemetery in Wernersville , Pennsylvania. Legacy[ edit ] Nine audio tapes of interviews conducted with Ciszek ca. Ciszek helped found, and formerly under his spiritual direction, began to petition for official recognition of Fr.
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