Sacrifice cannot be spiritual,
it is always material. The etymology of the
word provides witness of precisely such meaning.
One cannot sacrifice anything spiritual, it
may be only lost.
We sometimes as if sacrifice
the possibility of spiritual life, but if this
is a sacrifice, not a fall, and if the deed
is dictated not by the choice of a more successful
path (which is not a Sacrifice), but is dictated
by ethical considerations, then it opens in
us new depths of a more accomplished spiritual
A sacrifice may only be voluntary.
It is always a sacrifice of some part of one’s
existence, in the extreme case – of one’s life,
which is understood as a value. This is why
sacrificial deprivation is always connected
with internal strife, with overcoming one’s
imperfection, with suffering and spiritual growth.
They sacrifice a lesser value
for the sake of a greater one. The sacrifice
of life is a token of oracular premonition of
acquiring values that are higher than those
that used to be accessible before. Purification
may be found in the experiencing of the sacrifice
being brought by somebody else and for the sake
of somebody else. Manifested in this way is
the redemptive character of the Calvary.
Sacrifice is something that
is performed for the sake of somebody else..
Any different understanding of sacrifice is
a heritage of the Pagan psychology. Finally,
the deed may be not so much an affirmation of
spiritual development but rather its consequence.
Here sacrifice stops to be sacrifice, and the
action is the natural expression of the state
of the spirit already acquired.
July 11, 1982