The first Sunday in Advent marks the beginning of a new church year, and for some Catholic families, the liturgical "New Year" is tied to special traditions at home.
"Monasticism is a spiritual root of the Orthodox Church that nourishes the whole body,"
Andrey Antonov, a Russian Orthodox artist and sculptor, combines traditional peasant tools, like nails and sickles, as well as household items into cruciform objects and Christian-themed sculptures. He is pictured in his Moscow studio May 26. (CNS photo/Robert Duncan) Third...
A recent study found that 85 percent of Russians believe "a strong Russia is necessary to balance the influence of the West."
In Russia, even government officials are now embracing Orthodoxy in public, and Russian culture and art are being transformed with new Christian influences.
May was the month of First Communions and May Crownings throughout the diocese. Here are some photos capturing the happy moments and one special “throwback” photo thanks to Carol Peise of St. Hyacinth, Glen Head, who shared the photo above....
If the abundance of tools or events to guide people in prayer are overwhelming, Catholics also can turn to an approach advised by some spiritual leaders: finding quiet time.
"The challenge is to move from the Lenten discipline appropriate for children to the Lenten discipline that's appropriate for adults."
Ash Wednesday can be a little bit like New Year's Day -- a place to clearly begin something new that we know we need to do.