One day, after speaking to the crowds from Simon’s boat, our Lord invited the Apostle to “put out into the deep” for a catch: “Duc In altum” (Lk 5:4).

“Peter and his first companions trusted Christ’s words, and cast the nets. “When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish” (Lk 5:6). Duc In Altum! These words ring out for us today, and they invite us to remember the past with gratitude, to live the present with enthusiasm and to look forward to the future with confidence: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb 13:8). (Pope John Paul II, “At the Beginning of the New Millennium”)

As women, we naturally tend to plumb the depths – whether of our relationships, our emotions, or even reading into facial expressions, voice inflections, or written words. We are not satisfied with the surface. For better or for worse, we want to go deeper.

Do we have the courage, though, to plumb the depths of our interior lives and the fantastic journey of love initiated by our Lord?

Launching the first annual “Duc In Altum” Retreat for young women in our diocese, our desire is to bring these young women into the School of our Lady and a fervent prayer life by leading them deeper into an understanding of their present vocation as Daughter – Daughter of God, Daughter of Mary, and Daughter of the Church.

As we lead our young ladies into this School of Mary, we will be entering into the mysteries of her life, genuinely praying to her and asking her to share her thoughts, her actions, and her words – everything that prompted her authentic response to the movements of grace.