100, 99, 98… 95 days until the opening of the Year of Faith on 10-11-12!

100, 99, 98… 95 days until the opening of the Year of Faith on 10-11-12!

Duc in altum! Go into the deep!

The Year of Faith is almost here. It is less than 100 days away.

Are you ready?

We are being called by the Lord Jesus to go deep with Him and to go into the deep at His bidding. 

  • The Year of Faith is meant to lead every Catholic to go deep with Christ and rediscover the joy of knowing Him in a personal, intimate, life-giving, and life-changing manner so that we too, like St. Mary Magdalene and St. John, may exclaim with conviction and delight, “I have seen the Lord!” and “It is the Lord!” (John 20:18; 21:7)
  • The Year of Faith is meant to lead all Catholics to go deep with Christ by acquiring a deep and correct understanding of the Catholic Faith entrusted to and preserved, interpreted, and faithfully transmitted to us by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
  • The Year of Faith is meant to lead every Catholic to go deep with Christ by helping us move from a deep and correct understanding of the Catholic Faith to a full assent to this Faith and become more fully equipped to live it on a daily basis, in private and in public.
  • The Year of Faith is meant to lead Catholics to go into the deep at Christ’s bidding so that, having embraced the Lord anew and having committed our hearts, minds, and lives more fully to Him and to His Church’s teachings, we may be evermore fully equipped to share, explain, and defend the Catholic Faith in our increasingly secularized and relativistic world, and face head on the deep crisis of faith” of which Pope Benedict XVI has spoken.
  • The Year of Faith is a call from Our Lord Jesus to go deep with Him and to go into the deep at His bidding so that at the conclusion of this 13-month Year of Faith each and every one of us may gladly and unequivocally profess before the Assembly and proclaim before the world: “This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it, in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (The Roman Ritual, The Rite of Baptism for Children, No. 96)
  • The Year of Faith, then, is meant to help us become better disciples and better missionaries; better followers and better evangelizers; better “professors” and better “proclaimers” of Christ; men and women, children and youth who are both willing and able to fully and effectively implement the new evangelization that the world so desperately needs.


How will each of us take advantage of this “year of favor from the Lord” for personal conversion and growth, and for public profession and proclamation of the Faith?

How are we readying ourselves for the Year of Faith and for a renewed implementation of the new evangelization, at the level of the Universal Church, the Episcopal Conferences, the diocesan Church, and at the level of the parish, community, association, and movement? (cf. Note with pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – January 6, 2012) 

  • Are we aware that we have been called to “go into the deep and lower our nets for a catch” and become “fishers of men”? (cf. Luke 5:1-11)
  • Are we ready to truly duc in altum – to go into the deep for a miraculous catch at the Master’s bidding – no matter how hard and long we have worked at personal, personal, and societal renewal in the past? (cf. Luke 5:1-11)
  • Are we mending our nets and readying our hearts and vessels for the task set before us?
  • Are we studying the challenges fishermen face as we prepare to “go deep” with Christ?
  • Are we truly seeking the face of Christ and the gaze of the Lord so as to be equipped for another net-busting, boat-sinking, awe-inspiring, miraculous catch? (cf. Novo Millennio Ineunte, Pope John Paul II – January 6, 2001)
  • Are we dusting off –or finally acquiring– our own copies of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and of the sixteen documents of the Second Vatican Council so as study and interpret them with a correct hermeneutics and give a fresh and full assent of faith to the magisterial teachings of the Church? (Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei On the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI: October 11, 2011)
  • Are we praying, alongside our bishops, for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith” (October 7-28, 2012)?

We have less than 100 days left to get ready. Learn more about the Year of Faith at their new website: http://www.annusfidei.va/ and be sure to preare well and enjoy fully this year of favor from the Lord.

Today is Sea Sunday. Yes, a day dedicated to seafarers and mariners. As we pray and care for them, evangelizers would do well to learn from their life experiences. Aware that Jesus Christ has called us to go into the deep with him – a call to duc in altum echoed by Pope John Paul II at the close of the Great Jubilee Year 2000 and the commencement of the Third Christian Millennium – I think it would be good to ponder the challenges and the risks, the benefits and the rewards experienced by fishermen and seafarers today. Perhaps their work will aid us in ours as we duc in altum on 10-11-12 and beyond. (For articles on the new evangelization and living the Faith, browse through my blog and visit www.satodayscatholic.com for my columns, including “Open The Door on 10-11-12”, “The New Evangelization… Now and Then”, and “A New Pentecost for a Culture of Pentecost, A Culture of Witness for a New Evangelization”.)

2012-07-07 Vatican Radio – On the occasion of Sea Sunday, which this year will be celebrated around the world on July 8, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People has published the Message for the Day of the Sea. The message notes that “seafarers and their families are not invisible to the eyes of God and the Church. For over ninety years the Apostolate of the Sea has recognised their hard work, their difficulties and their sufferings through pastoral care offered by its chaplains and volunteers. On the annual Sea Sunday, we hope that our Christian communities and society in general will, first of all, recognise the people of the sea as human beings who contribute to making our lives more comfortable, and then give thanks for the work and sacrifices.” Below please find the full text of the Message for Sea Sunday 2012 from the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People:

Message for Sea Sunday 2012
8 July 2012

Before globalization the maritime industry played an important role in shipping consumables, raw material and finished products around the globe and also in transporting a great number of migrants. Even more today, when 90% of global trade is moved by sea together with millions of passengers travelling for pleasure on board cruise ships. New ports built far away from city centres, fast turnaround of vessels and limited time to come ashore often make seafarers invisible to society, unless a pirates’ attack or a shipwreck happens and they are in the news for a short time.

However, seafarers and their families are not invisible to God and to the Church. Their hard work, difficulties and sufferings have been recognized for more than ninety years through the pastoral care offered by the chaplains and volunteers of the Apostleship of the Sea. We see seafarers as a professionally qualified workforce, capable of performing their job often in very dangerous situations including pirate attacks and unpredictable severe weather.

We see seafarers working in substandard conditions on board old and rusted vessels, victims of criminalization, abandoned and often with their salary not paid on time or not paid at all. We see seafarers docking in foreign lands in need of a welcoming smile, a word of consolation and support, transport into town, a place to relax without suffering discrimination for their nationality, colour or beliefs.

We see seafarers as family members, forced to live far away from loved ones and friends for many months at a time, sharing the limited space of the vessel with other crew members of different nationalities. We see seafarers as individuals who show in simple ways their deep trust in God, seeking guidance and strength by attending Mass and prayer services or praying privately.

Through Sea Sunday each year, we want our Christian communities and society at large first of all to recognize seafarers as human beings who contribute to make our life more comfortable and to give thanks for their work and sacrifices. We also hope to publicise that they need protection from abuse and exploitation. For this reason we renew our appeal that the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006) be ratified as soon as possible to guarantee full protection and decent working conditions for the more than 1.2 million seafarers around the world.

The Apostleship of the Sea is known worldwide as Stella Maris, the Star of the Sea.

We pray to Our Lady, Star of the Sea, to protect the people of the sea and guide them to secure havens.

Antonio Maria Card. Vegliò
PresidenteX Joseph Kalathiparambil


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