Letting Go

ChristThe late Fr. Hervé Marcoux, OMI composed this beautiful prayer.  You may not need it right now, but  all of us will want to pray it at one point or another.

Letting Go
To a dear one about whom I have been concerned.

I behold the Christ in you.

I place you lovingly in the care of the All Caring One.
I release you from my anxiety and concern.
I let go of my possessive hold on you.

I am willing to free you to follow the dictates of the indwelling Spirit.
I am willing to free you to live your life according to your best light and understanding.

Husband, wife, child, friend,
I no longer try to force my ideas on you, my ways on you.
I lift my thoughts above you, above the personal level.

I see you as God sees you, a spiritual being, created in God’s image,
endowed with qualities and abilities that make you needed and important not only to me but to God and God’s larger perspective.

I do not bind you.
I no longer believe that you do not have the understanding you need in order to meet life.

I bless you,
I have faith in you,
I behold Jesus in you.

[Source: http://www.jesuits.ca/orientations/midlife.htm]


  1. Vinita says

    This prayer really hit me the first time I read it. It opened my eyes to how I often see the people I pray for–as less than they truly are. It was humbling and continues to be. How easily we become patronizing, especially to those people we are trying to “help.” Thanks for this post.

  2. Eric says

    I need this prayer now. I accept God’s will for me peacefully, except the part of leaving my dearest wife. As I pray for her, I worry about how she will deal with it. Thank you, Paul, for posting it.


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