Katerina Katsarka Whitley

Katerina Whitley Episcopal

Biography

Katerina Whitley, a native of Thessaloniki, Greece is a long-term writer for these pages. She worked as diocesan editor in the Diocese of East Carolina and as the PR & Communication associate for the then Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief during Bishop Edmond Browning's tenure. She is the author of seven books in circulation and an active public speaker and performer. She lives in Boone, N.C. where she teaches at Appalachian State University.

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April 15, 2006

Last night we became intensely aware of darkness, surrounded by the night of grief that is almost insulted by light. As Edwin Arlington Robinson writes in “Credo” from his book of poems, Children of the Night: No, there is not a...

April 14, 2006

And now the sorrowful fellowship of Thursday evening turns into terror with the arrest of their beloved teacher; it is the longest night of their lives. But when Friday dawns, instead of light dispelling darkness, as is the nature of...

April 13, 2006

Together with the sense of the Holy, the experience of Maundy Thursday affords us the most profound awareness of the role of change in our lives as well as the meaning of remembrance. Both are interwoven with the events of the saddest...

November 13, 2005

Among the biggest mysteries of daily life is the passage of time. What happens to it? Why are we so bound by it? Why does time pass so slowly when we are young and so rapidly when we are old? It seems that the opposite should be true....

October 2, 2005

What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes? . . . he expected justice but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry! Isaiah 5:4 and...

April 24, 2005

The dramatic, fast-moving pace set by St. Paul once he made the decision to respond to God’s summons to enter Macedonia continues with this visit to Thessalonica (Thessaloniki in Greek). Someone must have told Paul the story of the...

December 25, 2004

His authority shall grow continually and there shall be endless peace.(Isaiah) Glory to God in the highest heaven And on earth, peace.(Luke) On this wondrous day, when our Advent anticipation culminates in the awaited birth of...

December 24, 2004

It is Christmas Eve once again. We welcome the sweetness of this night and all the memories that give meaning to it and make it unique among anniversaries. And, we dread it. For those among us whose youth is past, this evening is...

November 21, 2004

His name is righteousness. Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord! There are few places in the Eucharist more moving than these words from the Sanctus that we sing Sunday after Sunday. As we intone them we echo Matthew,...

October 10, 2004

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. Let us look again at the scene described in the Gospel story, for it is riveting. This encounter with Jesus has a unique quality that must...

July 25, 2004

The Old Testament story of Abraham’s bargaining with God reminds us vividly that, early on, people of faith believed that the Creator is merciful and that God responds to the requests of people who are longing for mercy on behalf of...

November 27, 2003

Remember the long way the Lord has led you in the wilderness these forty years. . . . . . one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his...

September 21, 2003

What does it mean to welcome others in Jesus' Name? Two powerful images confront the reader and student of today's Gospel: one is our desire (unchanged through the ages) to be first and to be right; and the second is our reluctance...

August 3, 2003

This is not how you learned Christ! We are never satisfied. This is what the Exodus stories reveal over and over again. We are never satisfied. What is it that we want? We long to return from exile, but then we wish we had stayed in...

August 4, 2002

It is very difficult to read the three appointed lessons for today without weeping. These must be the passages that have sustained communities in distress through the ages: these are the words that allow the great suffering peoples of...

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