Origin of the work:
1910 Brno, Veškeré spisy Jana Amosa Komenského, vol. XV
1978 Prague, J. A. Comenii Opera omnia, vol. 3.
The first of a series of “consolation” texts, originally dedicated to Comenius` first wife Magdalena Vizovská in the difficult period at the onset of the Thirty Years` war. He attempts to overcome his own despair and that of his fellow believers through concentrated meditation on basic Christian values and how they might be attained, and how all are bound to them, even the one who is suffering. He deals in turn with various complications in life (illness, poverty, orphanhood).
For further study, see also:
J. A. Comenii Opera omnia, vol. 3, Prague 1978, pp227-228
Jan Kumpera, Jan Amos Komenský, poutník na rozhraní věků. Prague & Ostrava 1992, p293