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The fulfilment of all desire

I have met Ralph Martin when he came to Poland with John Wimber. They were the main speakers at the conference in Warsaw, where about 3, 000 believers (Catholics and Protestants) gathered to hear about Jesus' love and power operating in our times. 15 years later, I've just finished Martin's book "The fulfilment of all desire".

by Ralph Martin

YOU MUST READ IT

This is not a book only for those who think that they are called to a "life of prayer" (by the way, how else we can communicate and fellowship with God Himself?). It is not only for those who recognize an intercessory role as their primary function within the body of Christ. It's not only for those who identify themselves as evangelicals or charismatics or mystics or emergent church.

It's for those who:

  • desire to acknowledge that there is a depth to the knowledge of God, which we, in our "instant society" are lacking profoundly
  • those who are experiencing hunger for God
  • those who love challenges
  • those who believe that inspiration of the past generations can be valuable
  • those who want to go deeper in understanding the ways to reach their Creator
  • those who need biblical proof that all of these mystics are right
  • don't understand why things are happening, when they laid down their whole lives to Jesus
  • those who struggle with prayer life
  • those who are tired of seven-points-to-successful-prayer
  • those who are searching for the ancient truths spoken in a modern language
  • those who love God Himself above everything else, who burned the bridges, who know that there is nothing else to come back to, but are apprehensive of stepping into the unknown
  • those who want to become saints ( and I am quite serious about that one)

If you were struggling while reading "Fire within" by T. Dubay, this is "easier to read" version for the same subject - prayer.

WARNING

You will be messed up for some time, possibly for life...

You will discover (if you don't know yet) that the whole body of Christ should be greatful to the Catholics for their wisdom...

You will wonder why no one told you these things before, and how come all of it is in the Bible...

You will discover something about yourself that someone else already knew hundreds years ago...

You will feel that you are a part of something bigger...

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Hunger for holiness is a hunger for beauty. Polish Bonhoeffer. Martyr.

wersja polska ponizej On the 31st of March, 53 years ago this woman was murdered in a gas chamber in Ravensbruck concentration camp. These are the words of this woman, which I think of as a "Polish Bonhoeffer".

"Double hunger is within me. Hunger for holiness and hunger for beauty. In reality, they are the same"

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Natalia Tulasiewicz (1906 - 1945), teacher for Poznan, following the ways of John of the cross, Theresa of Avila, Francis of Assissi. A leader in the apostolate of lay people. Propagator of positive ascetic life, deeply rooted in everyday life. During the occupation, she volunteered to leave for the Third Reich together with other women condemned to do heavy work in order to give them spiritual comfort.

During this time she organized prayer meetings, she would instruct and teach and bring hope to the others. When the Gestapo found out, she was arrested, tortured, publicly humiliated and condemned to death in the Ravensbruck camp.

At the end of the world Germans were killing masses of weak prisoners. Natalia was ready to offer her life as an offering to God, although she was dreaming about apostolic work after the world was over. In the camp, although totally exhausted, she was still teaching young girls. On Good Friday, after being chosen to go to the gas chamber, she climbed a stool in the hut and spoke to the prisoners on the passion and resurrection of Christ. Two days later she died in a gas-chamber.

The very next day the camp was liberated by Russians and allies.

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Ravensbruck camp barracks

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Ravensbruck camp crematorium

Never again will they hunger;

never again will they thirst.

The sun will not beat upon them,

nor any scorching heat.

For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;

he will lead them to springs of living water.

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

Rev 7:16

 

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31 marca, 53 lata temu Natalia Tulasiewicz zostala zmaordowana w obozie koncentracyjnym w Ravensbruck. Oto slowa kobiety, ktora uwazam, ze mozna nazwac "Polskim Bonhoefferem".

"Trawi mnie w życiu głód podwójny. Głód świętości i głód piękna. W istocie jest to jedno i to samo."

Natalia Tulasiewicz (1905 - 1945), nauczycielka z Poznania, podazajaca droga Jana od Krzyza, Teresy z Avila, Franciszka z Asyzu. Lider pracy apostolskiej wsrod laikatu. Propagatorka ascezy pozytywnej, gleboko zakorzenionej w zyciu codziennym.

W czasie II wojny światowej sama zadeklarowala wyjazd do Trzeciej Rzeszy, aby wspomagac duchowo kobiety skazane na przymusowa ciezka prace. W Hanowerze organizowala spotkania modlitewne, wyglaszala konferencje, przywracala nadzieje. Aresztowana przez Gestapo za swoja dzialalnosc, torturowana, publicznie ponizana i skazana na smierc w obozie konentracyjnym w Ravensbruck.

U schyłku wojny Niemcy masowo gazowali najsłabsze więźniarki. Natalia była wewnętrznie gotowa złożyć życie w ofierze Bogu i choć marzyła wciąż o powojennej pracy literacko-apostolskiej, nie chciała się ukrywać, całkowicie zdana na wolę Boga. W Niedzielę Palmową ostatkiem sił zorganizowała nabożeństwo na rozpoczęcie Wielkiego Tygodnia, by uczcić Mękę Pańską. W Wielki Piątek 31 marca 1945 roku, na porannym apelu zmuszono ją do przespacerowania się przed szpalerem Niemców. Dwie gimnazjalistki, chcąc pomóc wycieńczonej Natalii, wzięły ją pod rękę, ale oprawca odepchnął je. Zostala skazana na smierc. W dzien smierci, stojac na stolku w obozowym baraku, przemowila do wiezniow na temat meki i zmartwychwstania Jezusa. Zamordowana w Wielki Piatek, 31 marca.

Następnego dnia, w Wielką Sobotę, Niemcy rozbierali komin krematorium - alianci i Rosjanie stali już u bram obozu. Oboz zostal wyzwolony jeden dzien po jej smierci.

Nie będą już łaknąć ani nie będą już pragnąć,

i nie porazi ich słońce ani żaden upał,

bo paść ich będzie Baranek, który jest pośrodku tronu,

i poprowadzi ich do źródeł wód życia:

i każdą łzę otrze Bóg z ich oczu.

Ap 7:16

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