Our interest will focus on those "spiritual groups" which were formed in prisons and I mention here only the one led by the young Valeriu Gafencu, who died in prison. These groups of prisoners were able, through Christian faith, to resist and preserve national and spiritual values that the Communists wanted to destroy. Through solidarity, these people have managed to save their own memory and thereby their personal and national identity. Those who survived and left the prison wrote their memories in order to keep alive for the next generations what happened in communist prisons. Some of these books have a strong message, talking about faith, solidarity, spiritual and national identity.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Saint of the Prisons by Ioan Ianolide ,. Monk Moise collector, annotator of notes. This book is the inspiring story of one of them. Although his earthly life was only just thirty-one years, he attained union with Christ in a remarkable way The first part of the book gives a short account of his early life.
Both of his parents were devout Christians; Valeriu was the only son, but had three sisters. The account of his last meeting with his father, who died in a camp after courageously defending his village, is most moving.
Valeriu was an intelligent young man, idealistic and passionate about his faith and his country. Whatever ones political views are of the Legionnaires party, there is no doubt that Valeriu was solely motivated by a pure idealism that cared passionately about his country and his fellow men. The account of the rest of his life spent in three prisons is drawn together like a mosaic, from his own writings and from testimonies from and dialogues with Valeriu.
A: Atheism. Q: What do you see in today's world? A: I see internal chaos, a decomposition that is leading toward nihilism, because people are obsessed with the nothingness of matter, with the fiction of forms, with sensual exhaustion, with historicism without transcendence, with ceremonialism without God, with consumerism without spirituality, by the falseness that conceals itself within the self-deification of Man.
Disaster is unfolding on all planes of fortitude of human life. Much suffering will be necessary in order to re-orient the world spiritually and to change its way of life, Q: Why did God allow the world to sink into this present crisis, after some years of Christianity? A: This crisis is not from God, nor is it from faith, but rather from the freedom of the human conscience, In the past few centuries, man has profaned the world, devastated souls, encouraged sensuality and has fallen prey to the pride of materialism and atheism.
At the same time, satanic forces are more refined and better organised in the 20th century than in the first Christian age. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title.
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