Posts by Katy Mena-Berkley

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Welcoming the Witness to the Light: The Nativity of John the Forerunner

Roughly six months before we celebrate the nativity of Christ, our Church honors the coming of one of his most precious companions, the Glorious Prophet…

Jun 25, 2017
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Putting Our Passion Toward Orthodox Ministries

This election has been heated and stressful to say the least, a constant barrage of information and ideas and oppositions. It has also been a powerful…

Oct 16, 2016
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Surviving Miscarriage and Trusting the Process

Joe and I started trying to get pregnant in April. But I did not expect to conceive so quickly. Having received chemotherapy to treat my multiple sclerosis,…

Sep 15, 2016
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A Mother’s Day Meditation

It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and I’m in a horrible mood. The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. And the social media posts are dripping with sentiment…

May 07, 2016
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Simply Surrender

I’ve never been great at taking it easy, slowing down, if you will. A true type A personality, I feel compelled to go, go, and go some more—whether…

May 18, 2015
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A One-Year Memorial and the Feast of Lights: Memory Eternal, Vasiliki Greanias Mena

January 6 marked the one-year anniversary of my mother’s passing. Right after Christmas, in the wake of the New Year, on Epiphany, one of the holiest…

Jan 12, 2015
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Flights of Faith: Embracing the Spiritual Side-Effects of Fear

Flying didn’t used to bother me. For years, I reveled in taking off from one city and ending up in another. I didn’t think twice about crossing oceans…

Aug 04, 2014
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Embracing the Blessing of Exquisite Pain

Every year when Pascha ends, I start to eagerly anticipate the next one, the next opportunity to completely focus on my faith and forget the rest of my…

Jun 11, 2014
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The Strength of Sickness: How I Remembered to Let God Do the Work

Some may call me crazy, but here’s the truth. I’m grateful to have multiple sclerosis. Diagnosed 11 years ago, I was shocked into a state of clarity…

Jun 04, 2014
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Fighting the Good Fight

This morning, my priest was talking about the book of Acts. Specifically, he was discussing the dangers faced by the apostles and the persecution they…

May 06, 2014
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She Said I Love You in a Song

I’ve been writing my mom letters every night before bed. I tell her about my day, tell her how much I miss her and ask her to please, please come visit…

Feb 25, 2014
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Vasiliki Greanias Mena: May Her Memory Be Eternal

I talked to my mommy many times the day that she died. I called her in the morning. We spoke after lunch. I even saw her that afternoon, in and out of…

Jan 22, 2014