Sacrifice is all-consuming, eternal, and never satisfied. It derives its power from the blood of the innocent. When misused and controverted for irreligious purposes it can entail immense cruelty and suffering. The only endpoint for this was the Cross of Christ. In this way the paradoxes of sacrifice are most disconcertingly exposed and most wondrously resolved. The perpetual sacrifice offered once and for all, a mystery to be acknowledged and entered into with humility and reverence in every sacrifice of the Mass. In the end, Calasso’s extended meditation on the nature of sacrifice led him to the same point as Anselm’s exegesis.
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