happy new year
It's the first Sunday of the church year. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, it's time to begin again the cycle of feasts and fasts. For the ancient Romans, it was a time to reconcile debts, and sometimes to pardon them. This was a season of celebrations; maybe that's why it is this time of year that the church designates as its "start-over" point. It's a time to reevaluate and refocus, and to start down the road that will lead us eventually to Christmas, Lent, Pascha (Easter) and beyond. Even if you're not Orthodox, today is a great day to think about where we've come from and where we're going, and change direction if need be. It is indeed the first day of the rest of our lives.