He Leadeth Me

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He Leadeth Me
By: Walter Ciszek
Chapter 1: Albertyn:
On October 17, 1939, The Red Army had entered a small town called Albertyn in Poland. It came clear that Germany and Russia were dividing up Poland. Father Walter was a young American parish priest. Many people began to not show up to church because they were scared that they would get caught. More and more people began to turn away from God. Walter talks about how even at the roughest of times, you should always stay faithful to God. Chapter 2: The Decision to Enter Russia:

A friend of Father Walters was a man named Father Makar. He planned to cancel the Albertyn mission and instead go to Russia where they would work in Russian factories around the Ural Mountains. Father Walter thought this to be a great idea to continue his missions in Russia. He suffered of the dilemma of not know if this was God’s will for him to go to Russia or to stay there in Albertyn. At first he decided to stay in Albertyn because that’s where he was wanted but concluded on going to Russia because that brought him joy and interior peace that are marks of God’s true intervention of the soul. Chapter 3: Russia:

Father Walter was very excited when they crossed into Russia. The men had been hired by Lespromhoz, which was a big Soviet lumber combine that was hiring men in the Ural regions. The working conditions were pretty rough but that didn’t bother them compared to the fact that it was against the law to spread the truths of faith and foster religion. Father Walter and his friends were thinking of going back to Poland where he knew they could actually act like priests and help those who needed it there instead of hiding the fact that they were priests in Russia. Chapter 4: Arrest and Imprisonment:

The German Army launched its blitzkrieg into Russia on June 22, 1941. The Soviet Union immediately declared a state of war. At three in the morning, Father Walter, Father Nestrov and three of their roommates were arrested at gun point and accused of being German spies. Not just them but hundreds of other people, some teachers and lawyers, were arrested maybe for the slightest suspicion that they could be spies. Father Walter felt hopeless and rejected while in the prison cell. He was trapped with no way out under the prisons authority and he wanted to help the people in the cell but nobody believed in Christ anymore. Chapter 5: Lubianka:

Father Walter was considered to be a Vatican Spy. Because of that, he was transferred to the Lubianka Prison. The rooms were nicer there, Father Walter said, but the cells were farther apart from each other and everything was in silence all day long. Father Walter would stay in that prison for 5 years. Father Walter would use these times of loneliness as times for prayer. Chapter 6: The Interrogations:

The first interrogations for Father Walter were kind of easy but they soon became very annoying. Some would last for days and he would have to go through so many. He soon became nervous that he would make a mistake because then they would think he was lying and he could get in a lot of trouble. At the final interrogation, Father Walter was forced to sign the papers that he was a spy. If he didn’t, he would be killed before sunset. He signed the papers and felt very ashamed. He went back to his cell and prayed to God for forgiveness. Chapter 7: Four Years of Purgatory:

Two weeks after signing the papers, Father Walter was informed with his punishment of 15 years of hard labor. On top of that, Father Walter would still get four more years of interrogations. It was even mentioned that he might go to a prison camp. All Father Walter could do it turn to prayer. He was scared of the thought that he could die. At the next interview, Father Walter was told to serve as chaplain in the newly formed army of Polish communist. The next time he meet with the interrogator, he said the people wanted him to go to Rome and serve as an intermediary between the Kremlin and...
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