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.

My Encounter with St. John Chrysostom

  The first time I ever saw the holy relics of saints was at Philotheou Monastery on Mt. Athos.  It was after the evening service and the fathers…

Nov 17, 2015

The Lord of the Dance

  When my son Michael – who has special needs – is excited, or when he is trying to get a burp to come out, he does a little dance.  It’s…

Nov 17, 2015

A Prayer of Peace

In a time where chaos and fear is spreading throughout the world, many are wondering what can be done.  We all know that violence begets violence and…

Nov 16, 2015

The Entrance of Mary, the Theotokos

  November 21st is a great feast day in the Orthodox Church. It is the day we celebrate the Entrance of the Theotokos, or as it is often referred…

Nov 16, 2015

The Joy of a Life in Christ, Part 2

Joy of Salvation Another kind of joy is the joy of a person being saved. Imagine a person who is drowning. If someone was to throw him a rope and yell:…

Nov 11, 2015

Heal Me, Lord: A Faithful Perspective of Disabilities

Some time ago the World Council of Churches released an article entitled “A Church of All and for All – An interim statement”  regarding…

Nov 10, 2015

Tradition Defeats a Glacier

The Christmas season is gaining momentum and the malls are filling with holiday décor, shoppers, and center aisle vendors.  It’s a crowded scene and…

Nov 09, 2015

May The Phos (Light) Be With You #2: Four Lessons

Four Orthodox Lessons from Obi-Wan Kenobi Popular culture’s ongoing obsession with all things Star Wars continues to grow with over 55 million people…

Nov 09, 2015

Go Stand in the Corner: A Convert Reflects on Discipline

From one of our bloggers! Go Stand in the Corner: A Convert Reflects on Discipline I grew up in the 1980s as part of a large Roman Catholic family. My…

Nov 04, 2015

The Joy of a Life in Christ, Part 1

The Joy of a Life in Christ, Part 1 of 3 When we speak about spiritual or religious things, all too often we use words without truly understanding their…

Nov 04, 2015

Follow Your Passion

  Follow your passion, do what you love, joy is the intersection of that Venn diagram meme where what you’re good at intersects with all the…

Nov 02, 2015

The Beauty of Diversity in Unity

Our primary goal at the  Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is to share the truth of Orthodoxy with the world. Our secondary goal is to generate fruitful…

Nov 02, 2015