Have you heard of Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo who was a friend and contemporary of Padre Pio. I would not have heard about him if my husband had not given me a beautiful prayer card one day with a tiny little chaplet of red glass beads, with the instructions to research this Priest and the Surrender Novena.

Padre Pio once said to a group of Pilgrims from Naples, “ why do you come here, you have Don Dolindo in Naples?, Go to him he is a Saint”.

As the Feast of the Divine Mercy was approaching and I was in the middle of the Divine Mercy Novena, could I really look into and get animated about another Novena? Little did I know that my spirit would be lit on fire by the story of this Holy Priest and this powerful Novena.

Fr. Don Dolindo Ruotolo was born in 1882 and died in 1970.  He was a Neapolitan priest, stigmatized miracle worker and “mouthpiece of the Holy Spirit”

I was amazed to find that he was a Prophet and wrote in 1965 that “a new John would rise out of Poland with heroic steps to break the chains of Communism”.  He was speaking of course of John Paul ll who actually did break those chains with his intermediary steps with Lech Walesa.

The Surrender Novena fascinated me as soon as I started looking into the life of Don Dolindo. To let go of everything.  What does that mean?  How can we do this? Well this Novena is a good place to start.

I kept thinking about how broken we are, even if we think we are not.  We worry about finances, relationships, loved ones, neighbours and about what others think of us.  All those times of self doubt cling to us or we cling to them.  We sit among the broken pieces of the past, doubts and insecurities and dwell on them and they cling to us, sharp and damaging.  If only we could let go of them.

God loves us in all our self induced sadness and ego.  He loves us so much that He wants us to lean on Him, to look to Him . He told us again and again, through his Son, that we have nothing to fear and to give it all to Him, yet still, we are lead by our own self doubts.  This Novena is a reminder to stop and to let it go.  To give it up and to offer it up.

I ask you to try this little Novena and to research the life of this Holy Priest Fr. Don Dolindo Ruotolo.

The Surrender Novena

Read these words on the designated day of the novena,
then Pray, ‘O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything!’ ten times.

Day 1

Why do you confuse yourselves by worrying? Leave the care of your affairs to me and everything will be peaceful. I say to you in truth that every act of true, blind, complete surrender to me produces the effect that you desire and resolves all difficult situations.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times).

Mother, I am yours now and forever. Through you and with you, I always want to belong completely to Jesus.

Day 2

Surrender to me does not mean to fret, to be upset, or to lose hope, nor does it mean offering to me a worried prayer asking me to follow you and change your worry into prayer. It is against this surrender, deeply against it, to worry, to be nervous and to desire to think about the consequences of anything. It is like the confusion that children feel when they ask their mother to see to their needs, and then try to take care of those needs for themselves so that their childlike efforts get in their mother’s way.

Surrender means to placidly close the eyes of the soul, to turn away from thoughts of tribulation and to put yourself in my care, so that only I act, saying “You take care of it.”

O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times).

Mother, I am yours now and forever. Through you and with you, I always want to belong completely to Jesus.

Day 3

How many things I do when the soul, in so much spiritual and material need, turns to me, looks at me and says to me, “You take care of it”, then closes its eyes and rests. In pain you pray for me to act, but that I act in the way you want. You do not turn to me, instead, you want me to adapt your ideas. You are not sick people who ask the doctor to cure you, but rather sick people who tell the doctor how to.

So do not act this way, but pray as I taught you in the our Father: “Hallowed be thy Name”, that is, be glorified in my need. “Thy kingdom come”, that is, let all that is in us and in the world be in accord with your kingdom. “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”, that is, in our need, decide as you see fit for our temporal and eternal life. If you say to me truly: “Thy will be done”, which is the same as saying: “You take care of it”, I will intervene with all my omnipotence, and I will resolve the most difficult situations.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times).

Mother, I am yours now and forever. Through you and with you, I always want to belong completely to Jesus.

Day 4

You see evil growing instead of weakening? Do not worry. Close your eyes and say to me with faith: “Thy will be done. You take care of it”. I say to you that I will take care of it, and that I will intervene as does a doctor and I will accomplish miracles when they are needed. Do you see that the sick person is getting worse? Do not be upset, but close your eyes and say, “You take care of it.” I say to you that I will take care of it, and that there is no medicine more powerful than my loving intervention. By my love, I promise this to you.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times).

Mother, I am yours now and forever. Through you and with you, I always want to belong completely to Jesus.

Day 5

And when I must lead you on a path different from the one you see, I will prepare you; I will carry you in my arms; I will let you find yourself, like children who have fallen asleep in their mother’s arms, on the other bank of the river. What troubles you and hurts you immensely are your reason, your thoughts and worry, and your desire at all costs to deal with what afflicts you.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times).

Mother, I am yours now and forever. Through you and with you, I always want to belong completely to Jesus.

Day 6

You are sleepless; you want to judge everything, direct everything and see to everything and you surrender to human strength, or worse—to men themselves, trusting in their intervention—this is what hinders my words and my views. Oh how much I wish from you this surrender, to help you; and how I suffer when I see you so agitated! Satan tries to do exactly this: to agitate you and to remove you from my protection and to throw you into the jaws of human initiative. So, trust only in me, rest in me, surrender to me in everything.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times).

Mother, I am yours now and forever. Through you and with you, I always want to belong completely to Jesus.

Day 7

I perform miracles in proportion to your full surrender to me and to your not thinking of yourselves. I sow treasure troves of graces when you are in the deepest poverty. No person of reason, no thinker, has ever performed miracles, not even among the saints. He does divine works whosoever surrenders to God. So don’t think about it any more, because your mind is acute and for you it is very hard to see evil and to trust in me and to not think of yourself. Do this for all your needs, do this all of you and you will see great continual silent miracles. I will take care of things, I promise this to you.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times).

Mother, I am yours now and forever. Through you and with you, I always want to belong completely to Jesus.

Day 8

Close your eyes and let yourself be carried away on the flowing current of my grace; close your eyes and do not think of the present, turning your thoughts away from the future just as you would from temptation. Repose in me, believing in my goodness, and I promise you by my love that if you say “You take care of it” I will take care of it all; I will console you, liberate you and guide you.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times).

Mother, I am yours now and forever. Through you and with you, I always want to belong completely to Jesus.

Day 9

Pray always in readiness to surrender, and you will receive from it great peace and great rewards, even when I confer on you the grace of immolation, of repentance, and of love. Then what does suffering matter? It seems impossible to you? Close your eyes and say with all your soul, “Jesus, you take care of it.” Do not be afraid, I will take care of things and you will bless my name by humbling yourself. A thousand prayers cannot equal one single act of surrender, remember this well. There is no novena more effective than this.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10 times).

Mother, I am yours now and forever. Through you and with you, I always want to belong completely to Jesus.

These words come from the living experience of the presence of Jesus in the prayer life of Father Dolindo Ruotolo and you are invited to make them your own as you pray the novena.

I would love for you to join me in praying this beautiful prayer of surrender. Together we can become more fully conformed to the will of Christ and allow him to transform our lives into vessels of his love.

This is Father Don Dolindo’s message, an invitation to surrender completely, and let every reservation, every resistance, every reason and why fall down. Diving into the love of God with no barriers, no safety net, only trusting His embrace, ready to welcome us.