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About Ralph Martin

Ralph Martin is the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization which engages in a wide variety of mission work in more than 30 countries. Renewal Ministries is the sponsor of "The Choices We Face" a widely viewed weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world. He is also the Director of Graduate Theology Programs in Evangelization and an associate professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Angelicum University in Rome. In December of 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Ralph as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, for a five year term. He was also appointed as an expert to assist the Bishops during the 2012 Synod on the New Evangelization. He is the author of a number of articles and books the most recent of which are The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints (2006), Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization (2012), and newly released The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call (October 2013). He and his wife Anne reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Called to Holiness (Part II of II)

December 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Holiness, Ralph Martin

Called to Holiness (Part II of II) In part I, we examined what the universal call to holiness means, generally speaking. In today’s post, we will look at what Saint John Paul II specifically says about the call to holiness, training in holiness and why this turn to holiness of life and depth in prayer is important. John Paul II goes on to call the parishes of the third millennium to become schools... Read More

Called to Holiness (Part I of II)

December 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Holiness, Ralph Martin

Called to Holliness (Part I of II) Jesus summed up His teaching in a startling and unambiguous call to His followers: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt. 5:48). Perfect in purity of heart, perfect in compassion and love, perfect in obedience, perfect in conformity to the will of the Father, perfect in holiness-when we hear these words, we can be understandably... Read More

Blessed Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night” (Part II of II)

November 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dark Night

Blessed Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night” (Part II of II) In part I, we discussed what Blessed Mother Teresa’s dark night meant for her and what it means for us, the depth of her holiness, and how her dark night was different than what St. John of Cross describes. Today we will talk about her spiritual formation and how to identify the roots of spiritual aridity. The Formation of... Read More

Blessed Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night” (Part I of II)

November 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dark Night, Ralph Martin

Blessed Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night” (Part I of II) What did it mean for her? What does it mean for us? Even though Mother Teresa’s experience of spiritual “darkness” has been known for several years, the full publication of her private letters in Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light–The Private Writings of the “Saint of Calcutta” drew worldwide media coverage [a few years... Read More

Lost Sense of Sin: Catechetical Gaps Filled w/ Wisdom of Saints (II/II)

November 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Overcoming/Fighting, Ralph Martin, Sin

The Lost Sense of Sin: Filling in Catechetical Gaps with the Wisdom of the Saints (II/II) In Part I, we looked at how gaps in catechetical instruction have led to deficiencies in the way we understand our faith, how we can learn from the Doctors of the Church, specifically what St. Teresa of Avila teaches regarding carelessness about sin. In Part II, we will see what St. Teresa of Avila says about... Read More

Lost Sense of Sin: Catechetical Gaps Filled w/ Wisdom of Saints (I/II)

November 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Overcoming/Fighting, Ralph Martin, Sin

The Faith Understood Anyone familiar with Catholics United for the Faith (CU F) knows the valuable work it has done in analyzing catechetical texts. For many years, CU F was a voice “crying out in the wilderness.” Its work of prophetic witness and careful analysis was vindicated when the U.S. bishops’ committee set up to evaluate catechetical texts found that the vast majority of texts in use... Read More

Why are We so Afraid to be Afraid of Hell?

October 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Hell & Purgatory, Ralph Martin

Editors’ Note: We are grateful to have one of the Church’s brightest lights join us at Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction. Ralph, in his book, The Fulfillment of All Desire has provided a treasure of inestimable worth to those who hunger to deepen their relationship with the Lord. Ralph Martin is the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization... Read More

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