Sacrifice and Offering

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  The word ‘sacrifice’ in ordinary American English means to ‘give up.’  It is ALWAYS difficult to explain how the Church uses this word.  Am I clear that a synonym for it would be ‘offering?’ If not, please give me a simple synonym for sacrifice.

A:  “Offering” works.  The word “sacrifice” is used quite a bit in contemporary conversation.  Some soldiers pay the “ultimate sacrifice.”  Parents sacrifice for their children.  Even baseball has two types of sacrifice (bunt and fly).