Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI

Reflection for April 24, 2016

Let go and grow: Change can be a catalyst in our faith life

by Sister Jane Riha

The beauty of Spring in Wisconsin is slowly emerging. We are in a time of transition and transformation. With hopeful hearts we look forward to the colors, new life, and the warmth of sunshine. Transition is a normal part of our personal lives. Some transitions may seem easier because they are preceded by discernment and specific decisions. Other transitions in our life come upon us suddenly. We may be taken by surprise due to the death of a loved one, a divorce, choices made by children, and so on. 

I came across this reflection on ” Letting Go”, author unknown. The following are some excerpts from it. Wherever we may find ourselves at this point of life, there may be some inspiration here.

To “let go” does not mean to stop caring; it means I can’t do it for someone else.
To “let go” is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences.

To “let go” is not to care for, but to care about. 
To “let go” is not to fix, but to be supportive.
To “let go” is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being.
To “let go” is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it.
To “let go” is not to regret the past, but to grow and live the future.
To “let go” is to fear less and love more.

May the Risen Lord fill your hearts with joy, peace, and love!


Thank you Jane. This gave me much to reflect on.

Thanks Jane for the very powerful and hope filled reflection.

All Let Go lines are inspiring for me - the messages of life transitions are important reminders of something human that we all share...thank you Sister.

Great message and reminder. Thank you for sharing.

Nice reminder that we are all in a state of flux. Thank you!

Great words of wisdom. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks, Jane, for reminding me again of the beauty and challenge of "letting go". Easy to read, not so easy to practice.


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