Duc in Altum

Duc in Altum Discernment E-newsletter

Our monthly discernment e-newsletter, called Duc in Altum, is a new offering from the Office of Vocations. It is designed, as its Latin name suggests, to help young men discerning priesthood and religious life "to put out into the deep" of their discernment. The name comes from Luke 5:4, in which Jesus invites Peter "to put out into the deep" for a catch. It was a favorite passage of Saint John Paul II, who chose those words as the theme for his message for the 42nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations in 1995.

In that message, the Holy Father wrote, "Dear young people, it is to you in a particular way that I renew the invitation of Christ to 'put out into the deep.' You find yourselves having to make important decisions for your future. ... Trust Christ; listen attentively to his teachings, fix your eyes on his face, persevere in listening to his Word. Allow Him to focus your search and your aspirations, all your ideals and the desires of your heart."

You can read recent Duc in Altum e-newsletters here, and older e-newsletters on the Archive page. Each e-newsletter includes an original reflection on themes like call, prayer, and discernment, as well as info on upcoming events and other vocation resources. It thus helps you do what the Holy Father asked: to put out into the deep and let Christ focus your search and your aspirations, all your ideals and the desires of your hearts. 

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Recent issues of Duc in Altum below.
 Older newsletters can be found here.
  • Let Us Also Go to Die With Him – April 2017   Vol. 6, Issue 8.  As we approach Holy Week, Fr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C., examines the faith of St. Thomas. St. Thomas is perhaps best known for his doubts, but in the end his faith triumphed. Ultimately, he found faith enough to lay down his life for his Lord as a martyr in India. We too move forward, not with perfect faith, but hopefully with enough to follow our Lord wherever He may lead us.
  • From Ashes to Beacon – March 2017   Vol. 6, Issue 7.  Fr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C., relates how lent is a time to fan into flame the love and fidelity we have for our faith. Although at times our hearth can seem cold, Fr. Jarrod explains that even a low burning ember can provide the heat needed for a fire that will warm our whole house.
  • Unexpected Joy – February 2017   Vol. 6, Issue 6.  Fr. Neil Wack, C.S.C. discusses the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life in the context of his recent trip to San Antonio, Texas for the FOCUS conference. In particular he points out that we need to be diligent in following the First Commandment, that is, keeping God first in our hearts.
  • Find Jesus, and Keep Looking – December 2016/January 2017, Vol. 6, Issue 5.  During the season of Advent, Fr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C., reflects that we are all looking for something in our lives. Yes, ultimately we're looking for Christ, but during this life we are also trying to discover the plans He has for us.
  • For Those Who've Gone Before Us – November 2016, Vol. 6, Issue 4.  As the Church marches forward to the end of the liturgical year, and the celebration of the Feast of Christ the King, she traditionally focuses on the four last things: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell. These topics are not meant to bring us down, but to raise us up, and to help us remember the heroes of faith we've known in our own lives.
  • October Saints & Devotions – October 2016, Vol. 6, Issue 3.  The month of October is jam packed with the feast days of some of the most powerful and well-known Saints in the Catholic Church. Take for example, St. Faustina Kowalski, who played a pivotal role in revealing our Lord's Divine Mercy to the world. During this Year of Mercy, Fr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C., takes a moment to highlight the life of St. Faustina, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
  • Mary's "Yes," Cross and Joy – September 2016, Vol. 6, Issue 2.  Our Lady of Sorrows is the primary patron of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Since her feast day is coming up on the fifteenth of this month, Fr. Jarrod takes some time to explain why Blessed Basil Moreau picked this particular patron to watch over his religious family.
  • Unexpected Graces August 2016, Vol. 6, Issue 1.  Fr. Neil gives us an inside look at what life as a vocations director is like. What do the men who are discerning have in common, and how does he answer their questions? Read this month's edition and find out!
  • Summer Hours May 2016, Vol. 5, Issue 8.  Fr. Jarrod encourages us to change our spiritual schedule for the summer to allow for rest, relaxation and travel. The summertime offers unique opportunities for reflection on where we've been, and where we want to go.
  • Homecoming March 2016, Vol. 5, Issue 7.  Fr. Neil explains how even when he is traveling, he always finds a home among his brothers in Holy Cross.
  • Fire and Ashes February 2016, Vol. 5, Issue 6.  The symbols that are used in the Catholic liturgy are meant to be powerful reminders of the real meanings behind them. Fr. Jarrod explains why a Catholic procession can be such a powerful experience.