Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Fr Walter Ciszek
My father confessor knew him. I understand the liberalised Jesuits didn’t treat him well the last few years of his life but that was probably a summer holiday compared to what the Soviets did. And my copy of this book was signed by him.
Father was later fired from his secular job and forced to leave Norilsk by the MVD (Interior Ministry) because his activities during Holy Week were considered "subversive". It certainly puts the lie to the notion that religion, at least at its best, sedates people — there is no doubt from the memoir that Fr Ciszek's work with his people opened up dimensions in their lives that Soviet philosophy simply could not encompass, even in the lives of people quite highly placed in the local Party.
From Even the Devils Believe.

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