I read The Fulfillment of All Desire, by Ralph Martin, in preparation to give a prayer and spirituality retreat. This book offered much advice on how to live a more spiritual life with examples set by such greats as Augustine, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Frances de Sales and God’s little flower, Theresé of Lisieux. I learned that the fulfillment of all desire comes from a life of prayer and modeling our behavior to that of Christ. For when we become more Christ-like we unite with the pinnacle of our desire – that of Christ himself.
The book is lengthy, with numerous quotes from the works of the saints. Ralph Martin lets the saints tell the story of how one might develop the fulfillment of all desire. If I had one complaint, it is that the quotes were too numerous. I say that because I am familiar with Ralph Martin having watched him on EWTN. The man is a brilliant and esteemed professor of Theology. With that said, I hoped that by reading this book, I would gain much insight from Mr. Martin’s views on the topic. Instead, he let the saints tell the story. One can’t complain too much when one gets to hear directly from the source!
Fulfillment of All Desire
This book walks the reader through the three stages to holiness: 1) the Purgative Way, 2) the Illuminative Way, and 3) the Unitive Way. In a nutshell, to grow in holiness, we must first acknowledge our sinful ways and purge ourselves of the sinful life. Once emptied of sin, God can illuminate for us how to proceed on the path to holiness, with the ultimate culmination, that of union with God – seeing God face-to-face in heaven!
If you are looking for ways to grow closer to Christ, then this book just might be for you. It is easy to read and understand. You never know, it might bring about the fulfillment of all of your own desire!
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