Another Week in Review


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


This Week at Fare Forward

Roleplaying Faith in Dragon Age: Inquisition by Inez Tan

The Need for Neighbors by Matthew Loftus


Recently by Fare Forward Friends and Writers

A Dominican Invitation to Witness by Leah Libresco at Patheos

Me and PG by Lauren Ely at Tęsknota

“I Don’t Find Dignity in Taking My Own Life” by J. David Nolan at First Things h/t Andy Quinn

Matthew Schmitz and BD McClay Do Bloggingheads h/t Clare Coffey


Other Pieces of Note:

What We’re Reading (Summer 2015) by Various at University Bookman h/t Eve Tushnet

Caitlyn Jenner and the American Religion by Ross Douthat at the NYT h/t Mollie Hemmingway/Brandon McGinley


Classic Text of the Week

“…a thing is necessary in two ways. First, a thing is necessary because thereby the end is better obtained: and thus attention is absolutely necessary for prayer. Secondly, a thing is said to be necessary when without it something cannot obtain its effect. Now the effect of prayer is threefold. The first is an effect which is common to all acts quickened by charity, and this is merit. On order to realize this effect, it is not necessary that prayer should be attentive throughout; because the force of the original intention with which one sets about praying renders the whole prayer meritorious, as is the case with other meritorious acts. The second effect of prayer is proper thereto, and consists in impetration: and again the original intention, to which God looks chiefly, suffices to obtain this effect. But if the original intention is lacking, prayer lacks both merit and impetration: because, as Gregory [Hugh St. Victor, Expos. in Reg. S. Aug. iii] says, “God hears not the prayer of those who pay no attention to their prayer.” The third effect of prayer is that which it produces at once; this is the spiritual refreshment of the mind, and for this effect attention is a necessary condition: wherefore it is written (1 Corinthians 14:14): “If I pray in a tongue . . . my understanding is without fruit.”… Purposely to allow one’s mind to wander in prayer is sinful and hinders the prayer from having fruit. ” – “Whether attention is a necessary condition of prayer?”, Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica h/t Prof. Michael Gorman

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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.