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.

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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

Reflecting on the Clergy-Laity Congress

Waking up on the final day of the 43rd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress in Nashville felt more like waking up after a week of high school football conditioning…

Jul 20, 2016

Overcoming the Divide

I did not ‘do’ sports in high school. My extracurricular activity of choice was theatre. Even so, when both junior and senior high school football…

Jul 14, 2016

Father Paisios of the Holy Mountain

Arsenios Eznepidis was born to pious parents in the town of Farasa, Cappadocia of Asia Minor on July 25,1924. Arsenios’ name was given to him by…

Jul 10, 2016

OCMC News – Memory Eternal to the Servant of God, Taki Kobuzi (1953 – 2016)

On June 20, 2016, the humble servant of God, Demetri (Taki) Kobuzi, reposed in the Lord. He was a man deeply integrated in the Orthodox faith in a quiet…

Jun 30, 2016

Why and How We Support One Another

This is a version of the talk given by James and Daphne Hargrave at the Pentecost Vespers OCMC Dinner 2016 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Spokane,…

Jun 29, 2016