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.

Silence of Love: A Life Insurance Commercial Every Father (and Mother) Should See

Thai Life Insurance is a company with a history of producing powerful ads. For some time now, it has released long-form commercials that tell dramatic…

Jul 14, 2014

Chiseled from Living Rock: The Lalibela Churches of Ethiopia

Last week, we featured a story from CNN, “Rock churches of Lalibela, the Jerusalem of Ethiopia.” We received many comments in response, asking…

Jul 14, 2014

The Power of a Random Act of Kindness

I have seen this heartwarming and inspirational video bouncing around social media recently that is actually a commercial for a life insurance company…

Jul 14, 2014

The Longest Procession in the Orthodox Church

Public processions on feast days are normal in the Orthodox Church. Large groups of believers will gather at a church or monastery and then walk outside…

Jul 12, 2014

Help Climbing Out of a Slump

I have been in a slump! A long slump… it has engulfed nearly every aspect of my life. I have felt like I’m in the waiting place. “The…

Jul 12, 2014

Five Powerful Sayings of the Fathers

Meaningful spiritual guidance is not always easy to find, especially nowadays. St. Paul reminds us: “For though you might have ten thousand instructors…

Jul 11, 2014

The Ten Most Popular Orthodox Christian Photos

In today’s world of “crowdsourcing,” one hears a lot about the wisdom of crowds. With over 210,000 fans on Facebook, the Orthodox Christian…

Jul 10, 2014

Beyond Torture: The Gulag of Pitești, Romania

The Gulag Archipelago, an award-winning book by Alexander Solzhenitsyn about forced labor camps in the Soviet Union, exposed the massive scale of Communist…

Jul 09, 2014

Yes, you only live once, but…

“Well, those who are now young, will go to Church when they get old, but now, most likely, they want to use and exploit the youth they have, as a song…

Jul 09, 2014

A Spiritual Explanation of the Orthodox Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgies celebrated in the Orthodox Church have deep roots in the earliest centuries of Christian worship and have formed countless saints….

Jul 07, 2014

Secular Privilege and Natural Law

Two of the best Orthodox Christian commentators on current events today are (in my view) John Kass, the main columnist for the Chicago Tribune, and Rod…

Jul 07, 2014

Encountering Orthodox Christianity for the First Time

There’s a lot to like in this short YouTube video. It’s produced by SoulPancake, a company founded by actor Rainn Wilson (who plays Dwight…

Jul 07, 2014