The Sounding

“The Sounding” was named for the nautical practice of measuring the depth of water with a sounding line, a rope with a weight attached to it and units of measure marked off along the line. The rope was lowered over the side of a ship, born down into the water by the weight, and when the weight came to rest, the measurement was taken by the markings on the rope. The purpose of “The Sounding” is to probe the heights and depths of our human experience and take their measure. Our mission is to support the well-being of our readers by providing well-written, positive, and thought-provoking Orthodox content and fostering discussion of its application to life.

It’s that Time of Year Again, Back to School Season Is Here

It’s that time of the year again, Back to School Season.  This often means back to school shopping: school supplies, new shoes, maybe a new backpack. …

Aug 26, 2016

Musings from a Grateful Convert: How America Lost Her Virginity

I am listening to the music of Little Eva, an early ’60’s Pop Music star in the U.S. Her songs include “Breaking Up is Hard to Do”, “Some…

Aug 24, 2016

The Power of Spiritual Poverty

Every Sunday we drive from Creston to Cranbrook to attend church, a drive taking anywhere from one hour to an hour and a half depending on the traffic…

Aug 17, 2016

Orthodoxy: A Global Perspective

Heraclitus wrote that the only constant in the world is change. As a military spouse, I have been reminded of this several times when my husband and I…

Aug 13, 2016

Ancient Christian Prayer, Beyond “Christian Yoga”: Part I

Secular spirituality commonly recognizes that healing occurs through one’s body-mind-spirit. Today, many are spiritual, but asked if they are Christian…

Aug 09, 2016

All we ask is for age appropriate behavior.

You might have heard that there are two kinds of prayer: Corporate Prayer and Personal Prayer. Corporate Prayer is when we are in services together, as…

Aug 09, 2016

Dad goes to Rio through the Generosity of Others

There is a Greek saying that is loosely translated as “Bean by bean, the bag fills up.” Its American equivalent could be “Every penny counts.”…

Aug 07, 2016

SOCIAL MEDIA AS A SPRINGBOARD TO PRAYER

Facebook isn’t fun anymore. It used to be a great place where people shared posts about life events and articles of interest. I learned that my out-of-state…

Aug 06, 2016

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

Waldo Has Made an Appearance in South Bend

I just read the best story! A new construction project across from Memorial Children’s Hospital in South Bend, Indiana has a surprise every morning for…

Jul 26, 2016

Transcendent Faith: What Makes Orthodoxy Great

Terrorism grips cities around the world. Violence erupts in the United States. Christians face genocide in the Middle East. Politics spins out of control…

Jul 25, 2016

Unavoidable Illness and Death, Our Saving Road

“O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance.” 1 My three year old was impressed with the paradox that God died. We attended Liturgy for the…

Jul 23, 2016