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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.
  • Mary's "Yes," Cross and Joy – September 2016, Vol. 5, Issue 10.  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. 5, Issue 9.  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.
  • Light in the Darkness December 2015, Vol. 5, Issue 5.  The 'business' of preparing for Christmas can leave us feeling like a leaf scattered in the winter wind. Fr. Neil gives us some advice on how to slow down, and open our hearts to the gifts that Jesus wants to give us during the season of preparation.
  • Searching for Healing, Encountering Christ November 2015, Vol. 5, Issue 4.  After traveling to the St. Joseph's Oratory this past month with a group of students from the Notre Dame Community, Fr. Jarrod shares some thoughts on healing and the life of faith.
  • Viva el Papa! – October 2015, Vol. 5, Issue 3.  What would Pope Francis want us to take away from his visit to the United States? Fr. Neil Wack, C.S.C. shares his impression of the Holy Father's visit, and some ideas of how we can take his example into our own lives of prayer and service.
  • New Year, Fresh Start – September 2015, Vol. 5, Issue 2.  For many people the new academic year brings a change of routine. Fr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C. reminds us that now is a perfect time to make room in your schedule for the regular daily prayer that we all need to grow and flourish.
  • Greetings in Christ – August 2015, Vol. 5, Issue 1.  Welcome Fr. Neil Wack! In is inaugural newsletter Fr. Neil talks about his backgound, his own journey through discernment and the joy he has discovered in his vocation to the Priesthood.