The Way of a Pilgrim: And the Pilgrim Continues His Way by Helen Bacovcin, Walter J. Ciszek S.J.

By Helen Bacovcin, Walter J. Ciszek S.J.

This enduring paintings of Russian spirituality has charmed numerous individuals with its story of a nineteenth-century peasant's quest for the key of prayer. Readers stick with this nameless pilgrim as he treks over the Steppes looking for the reply to the single compelling query: How does one pray always? via his trips, and less than the tutelage of a non secular father, he turns into steadily extra open to the promptings of God, and sees pleasure and lots anywhere he is going. eventually, he discovers the various meanings and techniques of prayer as he travels to his final vacation spot, Jerusalem.

The approach of a Pilgrim is a humble tale ripe for renewed appreciation this day. the new adjustments in Russia have printed the good spiritual traditions of that land, and this paintings, freshly translated for contemporary instances, is likely one of the most interesting examples of these centuries-old traditions.

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They are equal in importance,” I answered, “because the holy name of Jesus Christ contains within itself all the truths of the Gospel. ” After this conversation we prayed. The captain then read the Gospel according to St. Mark while I listened and prayed within my heart. At two o’clock in the morning we finished and went to bed. From habit, I arose early the next morning, while all were yet asleep. And as soon as there was sufficient light, I threw myself into my beloved Philokalia. With what joy I opened it!

I read the Bible and asked for the whereabouts of a spiritual teacher or a devout and experienced director. After some time I heard of a nobleman in a certain village who takes his salvation seriously. I was told that he has a chapel in his home and does not go out but spends all his time praying and reading spiritual books. When I heard this, I ran to the mentioned village and sought out this God-fearing landowner. ” he asked me. “I heard that you are a devout and wise man and I came, in the name of God, to ask you to explain to me the meaning of the words of St.

God only knows whether it is possible to make up for one’s sins, and life is full of hardship. Is what I heard from the book really true? Do people really rise from the dead? Even the dust is gone from a person who died a hundred years ago. And who knows whether there is a hell? No one has ever returned from the other world. It seems to me that, when a man dies, his body decays and he disappears without leaving a trace. And it is possible that the book was written by clerics and spiritual leaders to frighten us ignorant ones so that we would live more humbly.

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