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With God in America: The Spiritual Legacy of an Unlikely Jesuit

by Walter J Ciszek, (Author), Timothy M Dolan, (Foreword by), John M Dejak, (Compiled by), Marc Lindeijer, (Compiled by)

2017 Independent Press Awards, Winner: Biography: General
2017 Catholic Press Association Book Awards, Third Place: Spirituality: Soft Cover
 

In 1963, following twenty-three years of hard labor and abuse in Russian prison camps, Walter J. Ciszek, S.J., finally returned to America. Had he come back a bitter man, or a man of diminished faith, it would have been hard to fault him. But he didn't. For the remainder of his years, until his death in 1984, Fr. Ciszek's grace, faith, and wisdom touched--often in profound and lasting ways--everyone who came into contact with him. With God in America is a collection of previously unpublished writings on Ciszek's post-imprisonment life and thoughts. The contents--which include articles he wrote, speeches he delivered at retreats, letters he sent to people he was counseling, and interviews with individuals who knew him personally--present a man unbroken by all that he had endured and eager to share God's love with others. From Ciszek's first days back home in the States to his final words before his death, With God in America demonstrates that saintliness isn't primarily about acting heroically in dramatic or devastating circumstances, but about honoring the ordinary, everyday aspects of life as treasured gifts from God.

 Table of Contents:


Part One THE PRISONER COMES HOME.................................... 1
1 "Jesuit Returns from Exile behind Iron Curtain".........................................3
2 The Transition Home .......................................................................................8
3 "Return from Russia"......................................................................................15 
Part Two THE JESUIT .......................................................................23
4 Walter Ciszek, Jesuit Priest.............................................................................25
5 Prepared for Total Abandonment to God ...................................................37
6 Working for God .............................................................................................51
7 The Idea of Priesthood....................................................................................58
8 A Voice from Eternity .....................................................................................62
9 Living God's Gift .............................................................................................66 
Part Three THE SPIRITUAL TEACHER.........................................69
10 Walter Ciszek among Religious.....................................................................71
11 Generosity .........................................................................................................81
12 Patience with Ourselves ..................................................................................87
13 The Mystery of Suffering ...............................................................................93
14 Humility............................................................................................................97
15 Faith .................................................................................................................102
16 The Love of God............................................................................................107
17 Mystical Body.................................................................................................112
18 The Presence of God.....................................................................................117 
Part Four THE COUNSELOR.........................................................123
19 Counseling through Letters .........................................................................125
20 Prayer ...............................................................................................................128
21 Turmoil in the Church .................................................................................139
22 Marriage ..........................................................................................................145
23 Suffering ..........................................................................................................150
24 Gratitude .........................................................................................................156
25 Faith amidst Difficulties ...............................................................................164 
Part Five THE LOVER OF GOD'S WORD...................................171
26 Walter Ciszek's Biblical Reflections ............................................................173
27 Human Living and Loving...........................................................................182
28 The Eucharist .................................................................................................188
29 Called and Chosen in the Church..............................................................191
30 Our Lady .........................................................................................................195 
Part Six THE LEGACY.....................................................................201
31 Fr. Ciszek's Final Words................................................................................203
32 "Father Ciszek Dies--Russian Missionary" ..............................................215
33 His Continuing Story ...................................................................................219
34 A Boyhood Remembered, a Calling Claimed...........................................230
Binding: Paperback  264pp.
Pub Date: October 01, 2016
ISBN: 0829444548    EAN: 9780829444544