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.

Islamists blow up church, desecrate bones of Armenian genocide vitcims

Lord have mercy! Last month, a chilling report in the Independent, filed from Syria by Robert Fisk, revealed that “Islamists’ destruction of a…

Dec 03, 2014

Our Children Reveal Our True Priorities at Christmas

The Christmas season has arrived, and I find myself thinking about my most cherished memories from every Christmas prior. As a mom, I find it important…

Dec 03, 2014

Pope Francis: ‘I am skeptical’ unity will be reached

Buried in an Associated Press article about Pope Francis’ recent visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate is a strong statement expressing doubt concerning…

Dec 02, 2014

Without the ‘Dialogue of Love’, there is no ‘Dialogue of Truth’

The recent visit of Pope Francis to the Phanar for the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Thronal Feast of St. Andrew has attracted significant attention….

Dec 01, 2014

Orientation

So many churches (especially in the OCA) in the Northeast are celebrating, right now, their half- or centennial anniversaries. What marvelous celebrations….

Dec 01, 2014

A Video of the Inside of the Famous St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria is one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. Built in the early 20th century by an international…

Nov 28, 2014

A Recommitment to Simplicity

Driving down the highway several years ago, I passed a huge billboard advertisement for The Container Store. In case you don’t know, The Container Store…

Nov 25, 2014

Not Just A Photo Op

This week, I leave once again to join the Patriarchal Support team that will assist with the commentary for the historic visit of Pope Francis to the Ecumenical…

Nov 25, 2014

“That They Might Be One” Part 1: Unity in Faith, Diversity in Expression

Few concepts are more universally controversial in the Christian world today than ecumenism. The word can conjure up all sorts of different ideas for different…

Nov 25, 2014

Life Lived Simply

When it comes to life simply lived, no one does it better than the monks and nuns of the Orthodox Church. Committing themselves to a life of prayer, askesis…

Nov 25, 2014

On Sabbath Time

Much of life today can involve a persistent feeling of being busy. We have full schedules, personal and professional commitments, and to-do lists of all…

Nov 25, 2014

Mindfulness and Simplicity

Life is a series of one moment after another. If we want to really experience life, instead of it passing us by, we need to be cognizant of our experiences…

Nov 25, 2014
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