Friday, February 11, 2011
Review: The Fulfillment Of All Desire Study Guide
The study guide follows the main text chapter by chapter and begins with a brief summary of the chapter. It then gives 10 Questions for Comprehension which help the reader to be sure the key points have been grasped and understood. Five Questions for Reflection follow. These questions allow the reader to apply what has been taught to his own life and spiritual journey. The chapters end with a More About section that gives more on one of the seven Doctors of the Church introduced in the chapter, or more on the main points discussed in that chapter along with some key vocabulary.
I found The Fulfillment of All Desire Study Guide an invaluable companion as I made my way through the main text. While the main text can be read without the Study Guide (although personally I would not recommend this), the Study Guide cannot be used alone; the summaries are not enough for the reader to get all that is intended. This is not a criticism, just a precaution.
My only criticism of the Study Guide is that I don't feel there is sufficient room to write all that needs to be written, especially with the Reflection questions. You may want to keep a separate journal to record your answers.
There are no answer keys for the questions, a prayerful reading of the text will lead you to the answers required for understanding and for honest, personal reflection.
Ralph Martin's hope for every reader is to gain the most one can for their spiritual journey from what he has written, from the wisdom of the saints and from Sacred Scripture; this Study Guide is the tool that will help to do just that.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.