This quote comes from an excerpt of the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin's book The Gift of Peace. With the changes going on in my life, I felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit through this quote.
Our participation in the paschal mystery--in the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus--brings a certain freedom:
the freedom to let go,
to surrender ourselves to the living God,
to place ourselves completely in His hands, knowing that ultimately He will win out!
The more we cling to ourselves and others, the more we try to control our destiny--
the more we lose the true sense of our lives, the more we are impacted by the futility of it all.
It's precisely in letting go, in entering into complete union with the Lord, in letting Him take over,
that we discover our true selves.
It's in the act of abandonment that we experience redemption, that we find life,
peace and joy in the midst of physical, emotional and spiritual suffering.