Let It Be


Over the past couple of months, the Lord has been challenging my sincerity of surrendering to His Divine Will.

“I want everything,” He said, “your livelihood and wellbeing, your pain, your suffering.

Your children, and their pain, their suffering.

Their very lives.

Could you hand them over to me?”

I saw a glimpse of Heaven. I know our time on Earth is short, but it doesn’t seem to assuage the sorrow we feel until we’re outside of time. Only then does all the suffering seem to be worth it, because it is so minimal compared to the glory of Heaven. To our loved ones who are there, they need only wait a moment for us to join them.

The song “Let It Be” by The Beatles has always been a favorite of mine. Even as a child, I could sense that there was a heavenly wisdom to the phrase “let it be.” Even though it didn’t make sense to me. I knew it couldn’t mean what it sounded like, to encourage complacency in the midst of turmoil, but to my young mind, that’s what I understood.

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

In other words, don’t do anything to change your circumstances. Based on the words, I thought it meant one thing, but in light of the melody and music, I knew the meaning was much deeper than that. It’s something I could feel.

When I listen to the song now, I hear it as a song of surrender. Surrender is quite different from complacency. While complacency is being satisfied, or at least, unperturbed with evil in the world, surrender is being at peace despite the evil in the world. In this sense, the song “Let It Be” is reminiscent of the Serenity Prayer:

“Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.”

So I can listen to this song as a gentle reminder to trust the plan God has for me, and that He is in the midst of the chaos. Nothing need disturb my peace because He is there fighting for me. It makes no sense to try to change what is God-ordained. The fact that He ordained it brings peace, which unburdens me, making it easier to surrender. So no matter what adversity I find, I can look up to Heaven, and repeat the words of the Blessed Mother: Fiat! Let it be.


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