The Sounding Blog

“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.

Queen, Saint, and Stateswoman: Commemorating the ‘Lion of Georgia’

If anyone insists to you that Christianity represses women or that Christian women are always under the control of oppressive male patriarchs, St. Queen…

Dec 13, 2017

Celebrating St. Nicholas: When Santa Went to Jail

The Nativity Fast has begun, and Christmas is just around the corner. Trees are soon to be decorated. Children around the world will make lists, check…

Dec 11, 2017

Between the First and Second Comings

In the early Church, when Christian believers gathered or parted, when they first saw each other or were separating, they didn’t say the equivalent of…

Dec 09, 2017

Musings from a Grateful Convert: A Priest’s Impression of Prison

Recently, I had the privilege to interview Father Nikitas Theodosion, a Priest who visited a prison inmate in August of 2017.  The following is the transcript…

Dec 06, 2017

The “Opportunity Costs” of Christmas

When we were kids, Christmas morning was all about the excitement of waking up super early, running down the stairs, and gasping at all the presents that…

Dec 03, 2017

Holy Communion: You Are Invited

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you…For My flesh is food…

Nov 30, 2017

Understanding and Living Our Faith: When Protectors Become Predators

“To give free rein to the senses is to shackle the soul, to shackle the senses is to liberate it. When the sun sets, night comes; when Christ leaves…

Nov 28, 2017

Why I Go to Church

It’s Sunday morning. Maybe it’s raining outside. Maybe it’s a bit chilly. It’s a tempting thought to lay around in my pajamas,…

Nov 22, 2017

Finding Prayer Past the Smoke

The struggle to pray is real. And it is as real for us as it was for all the Desert Fathers and Saints who came before us. Amma Syncletica, one of the…

Nov 19, 2017

In Defense of Orthodoxy

“Only Begotten Son and Immortal Word of God, Who for our salvation didst will to be incarnate of the holy Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, Who without…

Nov 15, 2017

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Baby in the House!

The following is a departure from my usual MO. Here is a poem in free verse that represents a personal glimpse into the miraculous event known as having…

Nov 12, 2017

Thanksgiving: The Norm of Christian Existence

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 135:1 LXX). My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Several decades…

Nov 09, 2017