Preview of Lesson 566: A Summary of He Leadeth Me by Fr. Walter J Ciszek, S.J.
A Summary of He Leadeth Me by Fr. Walter J Ciszek, S.J.
About the Author
Fr. Walter J. Ciszek is an American Jesuit who spent 23 years in Soviet prisons and Siberian labor camps, having been persecuted for his faith and imprisoned falsely. After being freed and returned to the United States he authored With God in Russia and He Leadeth Me.
He Leadeth Me is the story of the American Jesuit Fr. Walter J. Ciszek who was imprisoned in Russia for 23 years. During his persecution Fr. Walter learned how to live through an utter reliance on God and unquenchable love and hope. Fr. Ciszek traveled to Russia as a missionary, and was subsequently falsely imprisoned as a “Vatican Spy” during World War II. He endured solitary confinement for many years, and then spent many more years in a gulag slave labor camp in Siberia, toiling under the worst of conditions. After his release from the gulags, he remained persecuted and subject to government punishment and interference as he lived in various places in Russia and tried to exercise his priestly ministry.
In the prologue Fr. Ciszek gives a brief summary of the story that he is about to embark upon, and thanks Fr. Daniel Flaherty, S.J, for helping him to write his feelings. The purpose of this book was not so much (as it was in With God in Russia) to tell the story of what happened to Fr. Ciszek, but to explain what he learned from it and to help others grow in their faith through his experiences. In addition, Fr. Ciszek extends thanks and gratitude to all those who helped him write and provided him the time and arrangements necessary to produce the book.
Fr. Ciszek begins his story by relating the feelings that he encountered when the Red Army finally captured the town of Albertyn. Fr. Ciszek worked as a priest at the Jesuit mission in Albertyn, a small polish town. Upon the news that the Russians had captured the town, the mission went through a violent upheaval. Within a short span of time the Communists had banned the Oriental Mission, and the ministry of the priests was restricted solely to saying Mass on Sundays to the few older parishioners who dared to still attend. Those workers that insisted on expressing their faith frequently lost their jobs, priests were forbidden from actively engaging in ministry, and e...