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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July 28, 2002

What is your treasure? Where is your treasure? It would be a good thing to take an actual survey on these questions. We would continue by asking: "Is your treasure an accumulation of money? A beautiful house? An heirloom?" "Is...

July 21, 2002

Although you are sovereign in strength you judge with mildness and with great forbearance you govern us; for you have power to act whenever you choose. Wisdom 12:18 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains...

June 30, 2002

The haughtiness of people shall be humbled, And the pride of everyone shall be brought low; And the Lord alone will be exalted on that day. -- Isaiah 2:11 We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin...

June 2, 2002

The Old Testament lesson for today is an emphatic repetition of an earlier passage in Deuteronomy that is based on the Shema, the great trumpet call in Hebrew of, "Hear o Israel," followed by the commandment to a belief in the One God....

December 16, 2001

A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God's people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. (Isaiah 35:8-10) The earlier verses (5-6)...

July 15, 2001

Americans who have not lived in another country for any length of time, do not realize that, in spite its faults, the United States is a nation that obeys laws. The ultimate example is the Civil Rights Law of 1964 that altered profoundly...

July 1, 2001

No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God. Are there many people today who understand "what putting a hand to the plow" means? Does someone operating a machine instead of a hand-held plow...

April 15, 2001

On this Easter Sunday, it is a good thing to turn to that rather neglected book in the canon, the Acts of the Apostles. It is full of wonderful stories, intimate and touching stories of a great variety of people. St. Peter dominates the...

April 14, 2001

Darkness has fallen on the earth. Jesus, the healer, the teacher, the one proclaimed "God's beloved Son" is dead. His followers have run away. Courageous women watch from the distance and know that all hope has been extinguished. From...

December 25, 2000

We have finally arrived at the loveliest day (night) of the year. We all love stories, and there has never been a more beautiful nor a more hopeful story than the one told by St. Luke in the passage we have just heard. How many times...

December 25, 2000

And now, after weeks of waiting, the blessed day has arrived. Christmas! Is there anyone in the Western World who doesn't feel something different about this day from all other days? For children, it is the delight of gift-giving and...

December 24, 2000

On this Sunday we continue in the spirit of Advent, the spirit of expectation; we are waiting for something significant to happen. We Christian people are by now tired of hearing and seeing all around us evidence of the total...

April 21, 2000

On this Good Friday we hear again the magnificent passage from Isaiah which has come to be known as the Fourth Servant Song and the superbly told story of the arrest, crucifixion and death of Jesus according to John, chapters 18 and 19....

November 14, 1999

This parable as reported by Matthew has some powerful images that have influenced our thinking and our language profoundly. The word talanto (singular) and talanta (plural) in the koine Greek (the Greek of the New Testament writers),...

October 10, 1999

This parable, found also in Luke, is embellished by the writer of Matthew's Gospel and contains some points that may be difficult to understand. But the heart and meaning of it come through clearly. The story is definitely an allegory....

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