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.

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

February 2- The Presentation of Christ in the Temple On February second, we celebrate the feast day of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. When Jesus was…

Jan 28, 2016

Blessing of Living in Community

    Sometimes help comes in the form of physical help or spiritual guidance, but these days I’m finding my greatest help comes from just being…

Jan 25, 2016

Finding Blessings Outside of Normal

    A year ago we “lost” our second baby – in the womb. “She” (we believe the baby was a girl) was with me physically for 2 ½ months….

Jan 23, 2016

The Orthodox Call to Prayer

      How do monks and nuns know it’s time for service in the church when they are spread throughout the monastery?  They listen for…

Jan 23, 2016

St. Mary Magdalene, the Hand that Brings Us Closer to God

  We arrived at the Holy Monastery of Simonopetra on Mt. Athos in Greece, and it was freezing out. It was the first day of Great Lent.  The monks…

Jan 19, 2016

Cancer Survivor Gives Back

  It’s hard to spend Christmas in chemo, so over the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday, Chicago’s Windy City LIVE visited Lurie Children’s…

Jan 12, 2016

You Can Help “Share the Light”

Do you benefit from OCN’s ministry? Do you believe in creating a powerful media outreach for Orthodox Christianity? Then please stand with us at…

Jan 07, 2016

High Fructose Corn Syrup

  So, I’m yelling at my son, “Don’t drink that root beer kid, it’s just a cold glass of high fructose corn syrup.”  Without missing a beat,…

Jan 07, 2016

Ch, Ch, Changes … for a Spiritual Renewal

  As we enter yet another new year of the Lord’s goodness, we hear from today’s Gospel pericope, on this Sunday after Epiphany, a message of personal…

Jan 07, 2016

Celebrate with Dolmathes

    Today is Epiphany!  It is the day Christ revealed Himself as God and the Trinity was made manifest! Its importance is so great, Orthodox…

Jan 06, 2016

Critical Ingredients for a Divine Revelation

    Humility, Repentance, and Community: Critical Ingredients for a Divine Revelation In examining the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ baptism and…

Jan 06, 2016

Russian Christmas

    Merry Christmas!  No, I didn’t sleep in. A majority of our Orthodox brothers and sisters celebrate Christmas on January 7th according…

Jan 06, 2016