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The Fulfillment of All Desire

Author:  Ralph Martin

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    1 [empty string] [empty string] [empty string] [empty string] [empty string] [empty string] [empty string] 1.5 [empty string] The Fulfillment of All Desire 1 9.5 1931018383 <p> Ralph Martin, drawing upon the teaching of seven acknowledged &ldquo;Spiritual Doctors&rdquo; of the Church, presents an in-depth study of the journey to God. This book provides encouragement and direction for the pilgrim who desires to know, love, and serve our Lord. Whether the reader is beginning the spiritual journey or has been traveling the road for many years, he will find a treasure of wisdom in <i>The Fulfillment of All Desire</i>. It is destined to be a modern classic on the spiritual life.</p> <p> <br /> <span data-scayt_word="Fr" data-scaytid="1">Fr</span>. Benedict <span data-scayt_word="Groeschel" data-scaytid="2">Groeschel</span>, C.F.R., founder of Friars of the Renewal and author of many books on the spiritual life, including <i>Spiritual Passages</i> and <i>The Journey to God</i> praised this latest book from Ralph Martin: &ldquo;This is a book to keep at your place of prayer for years to come. Ralph Martin has given us the fruit of years of study of the spiritual life in the great Catholic tradition. It is a treasure chest of quotations of the greatest writers on the journey to God. Careful reading and rereading will be a source of powerful inspiration for all those on the spiritual journey.&rdquo;</p> <div style="text-align: center"> Table of Contents<br /> &nbsp;</div> <p> <br /> Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix<br /> Abbreviations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . <span data-scayt_word="xi" data-scaytid="3">xi</span><br /> Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . <span data-scayt_word="xiii" data-scaytid="4">xiii</span><br /> 1. Called to Holiness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1<br /> 2. An Overview of the Journey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center"> Part I<br /> Transformation Begins<br /> (The Purgative Way)<br /> &nbsp;</div> <p> <br /> 3. Awakening and Conversion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17<br /> 4. The Biblical Worldview of the Saints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47<br /> 5. The Transformation of Thought, Desire, and Action . . . . . . . . . . . . 71<br /> 6. The Struggle against Sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101<br /> 7. The Importance of Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119<br /> 8. Temptations and Trials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center"> Part II<br /> Reaching Stability but Moving On<br /> (The Illuminative Way)<br /> &nbsp;</div> <p> <br /> 9. A Certain Stability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181<br /> 10. Growing in Freedom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205<br /> 11. Growing in Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251<br /> 12. Growing in Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281<br /> 13. Help from Heaven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305<br /> 14. A Deeper Purification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center"> Part III<br /> Transforming Union<br /> (The <span data-scayt_word="Unitive" data-scaytid="5">Unitive</span> Way)<br /> &nbsp;</div> <p> <br /> 15. Deep Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 373<br /> 16. The Fruits of Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385<br /> 17. There&rsquo;s Always More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 415<br /> Final Encouragement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 441<br /> <span data-scayt_word="Endnotes" data-scaytid="6">Endnotes</span> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 445<br /> Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 465<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> This reliable and challenging synthesis, which is obviously the fruit of lots of prayerful reflection and study, abounds in wisdom, offers practical guidance, and deserves to be a classic. Ralph Martin does an excellent job in showing the harmony of the various Doctors of the Church both with each other and with scripture, and in drawing out the practical wisdom needed for the transformation of our lives.<br /> - <span style="font-weight: bold"><span data-scayt_word="Fr" data-scaytid="7">Fr</span>. Patrick Collins, C.M.</span>, author of many books on the spiritual life</p> <p> Ralph Martin has written a much needed, articulate analysis of the spiritual life showing us how the approaches of the past masters interrelate.<br /> - <span style="font-weight: bold"><span data-scayt_word="Fr" data-scaytid="9">Fr</span>. Michael <span data-scayt_word="Scanlan" data-scaytid="11">Scanlan</span>, T.O.R.</span>, Chancellor, Franciscan University of <span data-scayt_word="Steubenville" data-scaytid="12">Steubenville</span></p> <p> I&#39;ve benefited greatly over the years as I&#39;ve come into contact with the Spirit-inspired wisdom of great men and women of God like Bernard of <span data-scayt_word="Clairvaux" data-scaytid="13">Clairvaux</span> and Teresa of Avila. Ralph Martin has written an excellent book that gathers together the wisdom of Bernard, Teresa and others as well who have left us with a great store of wisdom about how we can cooperate with the transforming work of the Spirit. Ralph has researched and taught these themes for many years and has put these truths into practice in his own life. Without watering down the depth of these writers Ralph has made their teachings understandable and accessible and given us a true &quot;guidebook&quot; for the journey to God. Men and women in all parts of the Body of Christ will find this book both inspiring and practically useful. A great help for our life of prayer.<br /> - <span style="font-weight: bold">Pastor Mike <span data-scayt_word="Bickle" data-scaytid="14">Bickle</span></span>, Founder, International House</p> <p> <b>About the Author</b></p> <p> <br /> Ralph Martin has been a leader in renewal movements in the Church for many years, and the author of many books, articles, and audio albums on contemporary issues in the life of the Church and the teachings of the saints. He is currently Director of Graduate Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heat Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit and Assistant Professor of Theology. He continues to lead the work of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic Renewal and Evangelization and hosts the weekly television program &ldquo;The Choices We Face.&rdquo; He and his wife Anne are parents of six children and grandparents of five and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.</p> <br /> 14385 Fulfillment-of-All-Desire55495lg.jpg Emmaus Road Publishing 1 118 Paperback 496 0 2007 N/A 0 55495 Fulfillment-of-All-Desire55495sm.jpg A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints Fulfillment of All Desire [empty string] 17.95 17.95 6
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    1 14385 A Top Pick - Add To Your Library Easy 2009-06-11 14:06:38.53 55495 Fulfillment of All Desire Completely orthodox. 5 5 3 <p>Do you need a little strength for the journey? <em>The</em> <em>Fulfillment of All Desire&nbsp;</em>might just be what the&nbsp;Doctors ordered. &nbsp;As we attempt to travel that narrow road that will lead us to eternal bliss, this book will provide a source of comfort along the way. The author, Ralph Martin, presents the reader with a terrific guidebook for the journey to God. Have you ever wondered why our lives sometimes seem riddled with so much difficulty and suffering? In 400+ incredible pages, through the wisdom of seven of the leading Doctors of the Catholic Church, the author directs us through the various stages of the spiritual life leading our souls to that complete union with God, our heart's true desire!</p> <p>This book is divided into three parts: The Purgative Way, The Illuminative Way and The Unitive Way. <br /> Each part includes chapters on the various elements that make up each of these stages in the journey. Many will find the Purgative Way to be the most difficult as this is the initial stage in the conversion process where our addiction to sin must be purged. The author introduces us to each of these seven holy people including Francis de Sales, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and Therese of Lisieux who have made this journey before us with great success. He includes a brief introduction to their lives and intersperses saintly wisdom throughout the pages of each chapter. We learn about the joys and pitfalls of the spiritual journey understanding that, without God, we can do nothing.</p> <p>I found my attention drawn to the pages discussing such pitfalls as immature zeal, spiritual gluttony, scrupulosity, and spiritual dryness. The reader comes to understand how important the &ldquo;dark nights&rdquo; are to an individual's spiritual growth and that the very trials and sufferings of this earthly life are necessary in&nbsp; sanctifying the soul, thereby uniting us more closely with our Creator. The author goes on to explain how we can&nbsp; easily get &ldquo;out of shape&rdquo; in the spiritual life just as our physical bodies can easily get &ldquo;out of shape&rdquo; without exercise.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mr. Martin has written a literary treasure which should be read over and over again and shared with others.&nbsp; It is timely and easy to read, yet&nbsp; full of deep meaning. <em>The Fulfillment of All Desire</em> is rich in&nbsp; &ldquo;Aha&rdquo; moments which propel the reader forward with the desire to learn more. This is a book for those beginning the journey to God and those already on the road seeking greater self-knowledge and wisdom and unity with our heavenly Father. A great read!&nbsp;</p> 82 Prepare yourselves for the journey of a lifetime to meet your soul's true mate!
    2 14385 A Top Pick - Add To Your Library Intermediate 2010-12-13 10:55:05.557 55495 Fulfillment of All Desire Completely orthodox. 5 5 4 <p>I would definitely put this on the list of the top ten books all Catholics should read!&nbsp; After having read many of the biographies and other books from which Ralph Martin takes lengthy excerpts, I got a lot from reading The Fulfillment of All Desire.&nbsp; It is a very well-written body of work that contains a beautiful synthesis of the spiritual wisdom from seven remarkable saints.&nbsp; Through an involved look at the different levels of spiritual growth leading to marital union with the Lord, Martin gives the reader valuable insights from the writings of seven doctors of the church: Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Francis de Sales, and Th&eacute;r&egrave;se of Lisieux.&nbsp;</p> <p>Whether someone&rsquo;s interested in reading the major teachings of some well-known saints for the first time or would like to refresh the memory of what he or she has read over the years, this book is a good choice.&nbsp; I found it very helpful to have so many of the parallels drawn between the various works and teachings of these saints.&nbsp; In addition to giving an overview of the lives of each of these saints, the author provides us with deep insights about the spiritual enlightenment and growth each of these individuals underwent.&nbsp; By guiding the reader through how each of the above mentioned saints dealt with sin, prayer, temptation, spiritual growth, suffering, purification, and a growing love for the Lord and His people, we see many similarities.&nbsp; Of course, each person exhibits a firmer resolve in doing the Lord&rsquo;s will even as they go through quite a bit of suffering in mind, body, and spirit.&nbsp;</p> <p>All of them through their lives, examples, and writing show how important the purification part of growing closer to God is.&nbsp; Each of the seven were challenged again and again to let go of pride and their own wills, so the Lord could be free to work in and through them.&nbsp; Martin does a terrific job of letting each person&rsquo;s unique personality and temperament shine through by selecting excerpts from their works instead of just paraphrasing the main ideas.&nbsp; This makes the book seem much more like a compilation of wisdom directly from the saints than a watered-down attempt at synthesizing the various books they&rsquo;ve produced about their lives.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /> <br /> I highly recommend this book.&nbsp; There are quite a few gems, so you&rsquo;ll likely want to take your time with it, refer back to it as a reference, and pick out your wish list titles from among the many works cited throughout the book.<br /> <br /> You can purchase this book <a target="_blank" href="http://www.aquinasandmore.com/title/Fulfillment-of-All-Desire/SKU/55495">here</a>.</p> 1903 Wisdom from Seven Saints on the Fulfillment of All Desires
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