Posts by Bev Cooke

The Sounding

Cherishing the Moments of Marriage

The more you do it the harder it gets. That goes against everything we’re taught. If you want to be good at something, keep doing it, and it will…

Jul 31, 2016
The Sounding

Book Review: When God Made You

It’s both heartening and a source of pride that in a time when writers and editors are calling for more diverse books in children’s literature,…

Jun 21, 2016
The Sounding

A Right to Die?

A woman in Holland, suffering from severe PTSD because of childhood sexual abuse is put to death – euthanized – because doctors decide her condition…

May 22, 2016
The Sounding

Waiting and Being

It’s Holy Week, and my cat is dying. She is old, older than we had thought, and her kidneys are diseased. Other than alleviating her symptoms, there…

Apr 30, 2016
The Sounding

The Pascha Basket

When I was a child, growing up in a secular home in Toronto, Ontario, I loved my Easter basket. It held that plastic fake grass in the pastel colours,…

Apr 13, 2016
The Sounding

Commemorating the Repentance of St. Mary of Egypt

She was born in Egypt, in about 466 AD, to Christian parents. At the age of 12, she ran away from home to Alexandria, where she lived on the street, giving…

Apr 01, 2016
Iconography and Saints

Why We Celebrate Three Hierarchs

St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom – the three Holy Hierarchs. We celebrate their feast day today, the 30th…

Jan 29, 2016
Iconography and Saints

Saint Raphael of Brooklyn

Sometimes there seems to be a saint who doesn’t really stand out, believe it or not. They are laborers in God’s vineyard, and their ‘claim to fame’…

Nov 03, 2015
The Sounding

Follow Your Passion

  Follow your passion, do what you love, joy is the intersection of that Venn diagram meme where what you’re good at intersects with all the…

Nov 02, 2015
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

St. Basil Fool for Christ

“I wish you would cancel the order, good sir,” said the apprentice to the merchant. The cobbler, Basil the apprentice’s master, looked…

Oct 04, 2015
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

St. Nina, Equal to the Apostles

The tradition of St. Nina’s story among the Georgians is based on ancient historical documents. Rufinus wrote about her in the fifth century in his…

Sep 05, 2015
The Sounding

Of Icons and Akathists

It’s a warm June evening, and the nave glows in the long golden light that filters through the windows in the dome. The church is light and airy, and…

Sep 05, 2015