Brad East (PhD, Yale University) teaches theology at Abilene Christian University. The author or editor of three books, he has written for Commonweal, First Things, The Hedgehog Review, The New Atlantis, and The Point, among others; he blogs regularly on his personal website.
With simple elements of bread and wine, the church, then and now, celebrates the memory of Christ’s death by partaking of the sacrament of his body and blood. Ignatius wants to share in the suffering and thereby the glory of his Lord. He knows there are worse things than death - above all, a failure to follow Christ, even to the cross.