Another Week in Review


Your weekly round-up of pieces of note at Fare Forward and elsewhere.


This Week at Fare Forward

Leaf Molds’ of Thought: The New Writing Economy by Jake Meador

The Counter-Logic of Lent by Peter Blair


Fare Forward Friends and Writers 

Learning About Sainthood from Terry Pratchett by Leah Libresco at Unequally Yoked (Patheos)

The Case for Old Ideas by Ross Douthat at The New York Times


Other Pieces of Note

Souls Matter by William Carroll at Public Discourse (h/t First Links)

Jekyll or Hyde? by Mark Noll in Books and Culture 

That I May Perceive My Own Transgressions by Br. John Thomas Fisher, O.P. at Dominicana (h/t Lauren Ely)


Classic Text of the Week

“Nevertheless David did not act even thus, but found a novel and strange form of moral wisdom: and neither the remembrance of things past, nor the fear of things to come, nor the instigation of the captain, nor the solitude of the place, nor the facility for slaying, nor anything else incited him to kill; but he spared the man who was his enemy, and had given him pain just as if he was some benefactor, and had done him much good. What kind of indulgence then shall we have, if we are mindful of past transgressions, and avenge ourselves on those who have given us pain, whereas that innocent man who had undergone such great sufferings and expected more and worse evils to befall him in consequence of saving his enemy, is seen to spare him, so as to prefer incurring danger himself and to live in fear and trembling, rather than put to a just death the man who would cause him endless troubles?

His moral wisdom then we may perceive, not only from the fact that he did not slay Saul, when there was so strong a compulsion, but also that he did not utter an irreverent word against him, although he who was insulted would not have heard him. Yet we often speak evil of friends when they are absent, he on the contrary not even of the enemy who had done him such great wrong” -St. John Chrysostom, “Sermon on ‘If Your Enemy Hunger, Feed Him'”

Peter Blair

Peter Blair lives in Washington, DC. A 2012 graduate of Dartmouth College, he works as Campus Program Coordinator for the Thomistic Institute. Peter is editor-in-chief of Fare Forward. He is on Twitter: @PeterAWBlair.