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.

Will I See My Relatives in Heaven: A Paschal Contemplation

The joy of Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, is a marvelous wonder. Because it is a Spring Feast (dated with the Spring equinox,…

Apr 15, 2017

The Icon of Extreme Humility

On or around Holy Week last year, I stopped in our church office. A beautiful icon was on the table as I entered. In all my years, I did not remember ever…

Apr 10, 2017

Make A Difference In Your Life

Ever feel like there is never enough time for personal growth in your faith? Have you made goals to pray more, read more, and learn more but rarely can…

Apr 04, 2017

The Crucified Jesus: A Book Review

Holy Week is the prime time for our spiritual life. It is when we spend more time at Church, increase our privet prayers and, for many people–especially…

Apr 02, 2017

Cooking with Chef Sophia Manatakis

We just completed our first ever live streaming Facebook Cooking show with Chef Sophia Manatakis. For those of you who were not able to watch Chef Sophia…

Mar 30, 2017

Finding and Asking for Forgiveness

My first Forgiveness Sunday in 2000 left me feeling sore but satisfied, even though at the time I did think it was a bit redundant. After all, I was a…

Mar 26, 2017

Understanding and Living Our Faith: The Holiness of Condescending to One Another

“God condescends whenever He is not seen as He is, but in the way one incapable of beholding Him is able to look upon Him. In this way God reveals Himself…

Mar 23, 2017

Finding Faith: Always, Now and Forever

A recent article in the “Faith & Family” section of the local Saturday newspaper reported on a research study. A sociologist and historian teamed…

Mar 17, 2017

Holistic Faith

The term holistic means working with nature rather than against it. And faith is belief that calls one to act. When we cooperate with God, His mercy becomes…

Mar 13, 2017

A Most-Profitable Vacation in Great Lent?

I have a sweet and dear parishioner who comes from an Old Rite background. She was describing to me the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete–that beautiful…

Mar 10, 2017

Understanding and Living Our Faith: How We Experience Lent and Fasting

“Many Christians, unaware of the great value of fasting, either keep the fast with difficulty or reject it altogether. We should not be afraid to fast…

Feb 26, 2017

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Thoughts on Fasting

With the coming of another Holy Season of Great Lent, our thoughts turn to the topic of fasting. Here I offer a few thoughts for your consideration. First…

Feb 25, 2017