The Art of Letting Go (The Inner Life with Patrick Conley)

Is life spinning out of control for you right now? It’s very tempting to want to steer life in a more favorable direction. What are ways for you to practice daily surrender?

In this clip of The Inner Life, Patrick Conley talks with Fr. John Paul Erickson about the art of patience and the art of letting go of control.

Cindy, a listener, shares an email mentioning her unpredictable curveballs. She’s realized that control is an illusion, leading her to embrace faith and patience. Her strategy? A blend of humor to lighten the mood and an empathetic heart to aid others in their struggles.

Fr. Erickson delves deeper, describing impatience as a longing for good, yet thwarted by various obstacles. These moments, he explains, are golden opportunities for spiritual growth. It’s in these trials that we’re called to ask Jesus for guidance, to transform our small crucifixions into prayers, uniting us more intimately with Him.

This is the transformative power of baptism. It turns our frustrations and impatience into moments where we can expand spiritually, allowing Jesus to enter our lives more profoundly. We learn to depend less on our impulses and more on His grace.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Control is an Illusion: Life is unpredictable, and recognizing this can be liberating.
  2. Humor as a Coping Mechanism: Laughter can diffuse tension and bring light to challenging situations.
  3. Kindness as a Response: Being kind, especially in tough times, can bring unexpected blessings.
  4. Spiritual Growth through Trials: Difficult moments are opportunities for deeper union with Christ.
  5. The Role of Faith: Trusting in Jesus helps us navigate life’s challenges with grace and resilience.
Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.