The Last Time I Slow-Danced With Death

Originally published at The Stream It seemed so Providential. So heaven-sent. So meant to be. And perhaps it was. Perhaps I will never really know for sure. What I do know is, when I saw her email sitting in my inbox, my heart skipped a beat. My article on ancient child sacrifice and the modern abortion epidemic, in which I’d […]

Child Sacrifice in the COVID-19 Era

Originally published at OnePeterFive “It’s very difficult for us to recapture people’s motivations for carrying out this practice … Perhaps it was out of … a sense that the good the sacrifice could bring the family or community as a whole outweighed the life of the child.” — Dr. Josephine Quinn, on Carthaginian ritual infant sacrifice “The reasons and need […]

The Saint, The Sinner, and the Wrath of God

originally published at OnePeterFive Sunday was my thirteenth day in coronavirus quarantine. I must confess that, although I have done some liturgical sewing and have spent more time than usual exercising, cooking, and praying, most of this precious downtime has slipped by without anything of note transpiring.  But Sunday was different. My church—a small Melkite parish—has been moved from its […]

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