Duc in Altum
“Duc in altum” Put out into the deep is a rallying cry; the way Pope John Paul II meant it to be a departure from the status quo. Basically it means, look beyond yourself, and put into active motion Jesus’ very words, “… You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with your entire mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke10:27
When is it the right time to love our sisters and brothers (e.g. everyone we come into contact with, everyone!) in words and deed? The answer is “Duc in altum” Now! Just as Jesus told Simon to lower his net for a catch – “Put out into the deep,” tells us, that with God’s help, anything and everything can be accomplished, as it did when He told Simon Peter “to lower his net for a catch. We are to be fishermen of hearts, and give of ourselves to other people. ” Luke 5:4
We are dedicated to proclaim the Good News to the poor, to announce forgiveness to the prisoners of sin, restore sight to the blind, bring healing to the brokenhearted and set the captives free. Luke 4:18
To accomplish this, we need to look beyond our culture, traditions of belief and judgments, into the world and see what we can do to help our neighbors to know the truth and discover freedom in Christ to live life abundantly in the fullness of God’s love and light. John 10:10
I, then, a servant for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4: 1-6
God placed in me a desire to proclaim good news to the poor and needy. My purpose is to proclaim freedom for the captives living in bondage, recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, and minister love, mercy and compassion of the Lord’s favor.
My heart desires to see the Messiah illuminate His people and bring new life and hope for souls seeking peace and joy. My prayer is for the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Jesus opened my eyes and ears in 1981 as I cried out to Him for forgiveness and ask for help.
I spent 4 decades of my life searching for answers to age old questions we all have. Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? Does God really care about me? Is Jesus the only way to the Father? Why are there so many different religions? What is the truth?
I realize many people hear the call of God which comes through His revelation of Himself through two things—the creation and the conscience within us. But only the “few” will respond because they are the ones who are truly hearing. The “many” hear, but there is no interest or there is outright antagonism toward God. The point is that everyone has ears but only a few are listening and responding. Seek and you shall find your God given purpose. Open your heart and receive new life. “Awake, you who sleep, and arise from among the dead and The Messiah will illuminate you.” Ephesians 5:14
I have come to believe and know, “Unless I can be true to myself first, I cannot be true to others.” To thine own self be true … How many of us have a hard time being true to ourselves? Those of us that have given our life to another at the cost of losing who we are in the process will have a hard time being true to ourselves. Allowing someone or something else to define who we are, we lose our ability to discover and grow inwardly. We no longer are able to discern a truth from a lie. For many of us, we have accepted lies for so long, that finding out what is true takes time. Having done this very thing, I know how difficult the journey to self-discovery can be. When you’re ready to change your life, you will!
Are You Thirsty for Truth?