Duc in altum… on the Charles River

duc in altum = put out into the deep


While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that they were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.

Luke 5:1-11

Duc in altum, put out into the deep! Our Lord wants us to leave our own comforts so that we can fully embrace his will and the plan he has for each of us. Some people might say that St. Peter “took a chance” on Our Lord’s words, but St. Peter had faith; he trusted. Each of us, like St. Peter, has to let go of our self so that we can embrace (and be embraced by) Our Lord.


On Sunday, I put out into the deep, but in a more literal sense. My friend, Brother John Paul, happened to be in the area so we went out on the Charles River in kayaks. Right as we headed out we were hit by a downpour. Luckily, the rain was quick in going and the sun came out a bit later. We said Daytime Prayer while we were adrift on the river–no, I didn’t bring my breviary, there’s an app for that!

Sunday (which starts on Saturday evening) is, above all, a time for worshiping God at Mass. Secondarily, it is a time for recreation, meaning to make new. The Sabbath rest frees one to give praise to God and rest for the body. Recreation should leave one feeling energized so that he can return to rigors of work with a fresh spirit. For me, being outdoors is refreshing.

For record: I don’t care what Governor Weld or the Boston Globe say, I’m still not swimming in the Charles.

I took a few “phone photos” which I pasted below.

The (new) John Hancock building has quite a shine to it
The Prudential Tower in the Back Bay
There were many Stand-Up-Paddle-Borders out on the Charles.
The Community Boating Boathouse
Passing by a family of geese


“Get out of the way of the picture!”


We passed the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade
The main piers on the Longfellow Bridge are supposed to look like viking ships
Notice the angry fish
God's blessings!           Fr. Gerald
God’s blessings!
       -Fr. Gerald



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