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.

Who is My Neighbor?

St. Silouan the Athonite (1866 – 1938) writes, “Both Christ’s commandments – of love towards God and love towards our neighbour – make up a single…

Jun 01, 2016

W8 till U C new Bible Translation

It was only a matter of time. You’ve heard of updated styles of Bible translations for American Standard, King James and Revised versions. But there…

Jun 01, 2016

Learning the Role of Active Love

Amid the swirl of papers, deadlines, friendships, late night discussions, early morning caffeine overload, disappointment, and triumph, I forgot to ask…

May 30, 2016

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Things That Don’t Matter Anymore Episode 1: Biblical Textual Criticism

In kind of an apophatic fit, and instead of ranting about hot-button concerns and other issues that are easy to emphasize as being “important” and…

May 25, 2016

A Right to Die?

A woman in Holland, suffering from severe PTSD because of childhood sexual abuse is put to death – euthanized – because doctors decide her condition…

May 22, 2016

A Few Liturgical Adjustments for Paschal Season

Have you noticed some of the nuances of the Paschal Season (Easter to Ascension) and how they have affected our Liturgical worship these past few weeks?…

May 21, 2016

Pascha Recap from Orthodox Church in DC

Easter/Pascha was only a few weeks ago and for some, it may already be a distant memory.  But the Orthodox Church celebrates Pascha for forty days until Ascension,…

May 17, 2016

The Resurrection IS the Lord!  

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Christ is risen! Natural catastrophes and personal tragedies, not uncommon in our complex and fallen world, are simultaneously…

May 15, 2016

A Mother’s Day Meditation

It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and I’m in a horrible mood. The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. And the social media posts are dripping with sentiment…

May 07, 2016

Mary Witnessing the Resurrection

Christ is risen! First, I would like to take a brief moment to express my gratitude to the Orthodox Christian Network for the opportunity to be part of…

May 04, 2016

Waiting and Being

It’s Holy Week, and my cat is dying. She is old, older than we had thought, and her kidneys are diseased. Other than alleviating her symptoms, there…

Apr 30, 2016

Finding a New Normal

You can never go home. This was the warning I was given as I headed off to my first of six college co-ops. It seemed like an odd thing to hear as we were…

Apr 29, 2016