For Christians in Ukraine, it has been a long Lent and a difficult Easter.
Every Catholic should experience the Great and Holy Friday Burial Vespers in the Byzantine tradition at least once in their lives.
“Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. … For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.” (CCC 2265)
Lent is a time to make the ordinary extraordinary again.
Pope St. John Paul II delivered this stirring homily when he visited Kyiv in June 2001.
The rarely-seen rite is incredibly rich, and offers Christians many themes for our contemplation.
Father Raya knew that love was the most powerful tool for change.
“The Eucharistic celebration is not only a commemoration of the Last Supper,” said Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, “but also its actualization for each believer who participates in it.”
This work has been read by Eastern monastics for centuries and it has much spiritual wisdom to impart to us today.