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The Sacrament of Letting Go

-- excerpt by Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB from Seasons of Your Heart: Prayers and Reflections

Our hearts are hungering for the Sacrament of Letting Go. Once we discover that we already possess enough grace to let go, trust begins to form in the center of who we are. Then we can take off our shoes and stand empty and vulnerable, eager to receive God’s next gift.


she celebrated the sacrament of letting go

first she surrendered her green

then the orange, yellow, and red,

finally she let go of her brown

shedding the last leaf

she stood empty and silent, stripped bare.

Leaning against the winter sky

she began her vigil of trust.

And Jesus said:

Why do you worry about clothes? Remember the flowers growing in the fields; they do not fret about what to wear; yet I assure you not even Solomon in all his royal robes was dressed like one of these.

Shedding her last leaf

she watched its journey to the ground.

She stood in silence

wearing the color of emptiness,

Her branches wondering:

How do you give shade with so much gone?

And Jesus said:

Do not be troubled or needlessly concerned.

And then, the sacrament of waiting began.

The sunrise and sunset watched with tenderness,

Clothing her with silhouettes

they kept her hope alive.

They helped her understand that

her vulnerability

her dependence and need

her emptiness

her readiness to receive

were giving her a new kind of beauty.

Every morning and every evening

they stood in silence

and celebrated together

the sacrament of waiting!

And Jesus said:

Now if that is how God cares for the wild flowers in the fields which are here today and gone tomorrow, will He not all the more care for you…?


Excerpt from Seasons of Your Heart: Prayers and Reflections by Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB – pgs 8-9

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