Letting-go and giving up are part of the realities of our lives. When we are born, we have to let go of the umbilical cord and the water that holds us so that we could breath and have a new life. When we started to grow, our parents would from time to time let go of our hands and us of theirs until we fully learn to walk and to discover many things in life. When we start to go to school, we have to let go of the things that are just confined in our homes in order for us to know more about life and the society. Then we start to have new perspectives in life. When we start to love, we start to let go of the love we had for our parents and starts to let go of the things we want for ourselves so that our beloved would find new life in us or us in them. When marriage comes, the couple has to leave their parents to have and begin with a new life, a new family, a new start. When you become parents, you learn to let go of your personal desires and habits in order to give way and give life to your children. When you get old, you start to let go of eating too much pork or fatty foods or stop from bad habbit or start to let go of the work you had in order to lengthen the last few years of your life. And when you die, you have to let go of that breath that you learned from the time you gave up the water in your mother's womb until your last in order to move on to the second life. A life that is forever.
We must learn to let go in order to live. We must learn to live a life that is full of letting-go if we wish to truly live.
(An excerpt from the homily for the dead, 7 February 2013 IHMP)