This classic work of Russian spirituality tells of an anonymous peasant's quest for the secret of prayer. The Pilgrim searches high and low to know what St. Paul meant when he instructed fellow Christians to "pray continuously." Roam the 19th century, humbly seeking truth and finding joy in abundance while joining the happy wanderer, who holds only a knapsack and a few crusts of bread, yet finds goodness aplenty wherever he goes.
This enduring work of Russian spirituality has charmed countless people with its tale of a nineteenth-century peasant's quest for the secret of prayer. Readers follow this anonymous pilgrim as he treks over the Steppes in search of the answer to the one compelling question: How does one pray constantly? Through his journeys, and under the tutelage of a spiritual father, he becomes gradually more open to the promptings of God, and sees joy and plenty wherever he goes. Ultimately, he discovers the different meanings and methods of prayer as he travels to his ultimate destination, Jerusalem.
The Way of a Pilgrim is a humble story ripe for renewed appreciation today. The recent changes in Russia have revealed the great religious traditions of that land, and this work, freshly translated for modern times, is among the finest examples of those centuries-old traditions.
HELEN BACOVCIN is a translator living and working in New Jersey.
WALTER J. CISZEK, S.J. (19041984), spent twenty-three years in the Soviet Gulag and is now being considered for canonization in the Roman Catholic Church.