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.

The Elephant in the Ecumenical Room

Especially in advance of the much-anticipated Great and Holy Council scheduled for later this year, there has been much talk about the importance of our…

Apr 17, 2016

The Pascha Basket

When I was a child, growing up in a secular home in Toronto, Ontario, I loved my Easter basket. It held that plastic fake grass in the pastel colours,…

Apr 13, 2016

The Cobbler’s Repairs and Lent

I received a pair of gray and black patent leather cowboy boots for my fortieth birthday. They were a gift from my mother-in-law. She thought cowboy boots…

Apr 10, 2016

Happy Easter?

I’ve read that the devil’s greatest weapon is to convince us that he doesn’t exist. But when I see the fairy tales and cute images that have been…

Apr 09, 2016

Have You Kissed Your Eikona Today?

Many mornings we wake up rushed and ready to begin a new day of working, parenting, achieving…of living. We grab our coffee, eat some breakfast and run…

Apr 02, 2016

Commemorating the Repentance of St. Mary of Egypt

She was born in Egypt, in about 466 AD, to Christian parents. At the age of 12, she ran away from home to Alexandria, where she lived on the street, giving…

Apr 01, 2016

OCN’s Newest Sounding Blog Chief, Katy Mena-Berkley

We’d like to introduce to our new Sounding Blog Chief, Katy Mena-Berkley. Katy, a professional writer and yoga instructor based in Chattanooga, Tenn.,…

Apr 01, 2016

Parenting Guide for Lenten Services.

  Lent is a three-legged stool of Prayer, Fasting and Alms Giving. If you try to balance on only one leg, you are sure to fall. It is very common…

Mar 29, 2016

About Those Big, Fat, Greek Weddings…

Everybody loves Nia Vardalos’ My Big Fat Greek Wedding and with the release of the sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, everyone is bound to be laughing…

Mar 26, 2016

Understanding Christ’s Love Through Caregiving

As we continue through Great Lent, I am inspired to think of the many reasons I love Jesus. For years my daily routine has included scripture and prayer….

Mar 25, 2016

The Mystery of Death and Resurrection

During the past several months, I have have gotten hooked on the soundtrack to the newest Broadway hit musical, Hamilton. Historically meticulous and…

Mar 23, 2016

Powerful Lessons from a Living Icon

I was reading about the life of Saint Chad, abbot and bishop of the Northumbrians and Mercians in 7th century Ireland. He viscerally reminded me of my…

Mar 21, 2016