October 29, 2019
Dear Family of Mary! “Little children, in complete surrender to God, He will take care of everything and will bless you; and your sacrifices will have meaning…”
(October 25, 2019)
Our Lady understands complete surrender to God. She lived her entire life in deep surrender and trust on the Heavenly Father. Each mystery of the Rosary shows us her surrender. But we have a difficult time of surrendering to the Lord. We find it hard to let go of our fears and worries. And so the Lord sent us a teacher, Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo. Here is a brief description of his life:
“On November 19, 1970 Don (Fr) Dolindo Ruotolo died at the age of 88. Padre Pio once said of this priest from Naples, Italy, “The whole of paradise is in your soul.” His name “Dolindo” means “Pain” and his life was rich with this pain. As a child, a teenager, a seminarian and a priest, he experienced humiliation, which was the realization of the prophetic words of a bishop who said “You will be a martyr, but in your heart, not with your blood.”
In his profound humility, he was able to hear the words of God. Even with his hidden life he was one of the greatest prophets of the last century. He wrote to Bishop Hnilica in 1965 that a new John will rise out of Poland with heroic steps to break the chains beyond the boundaries imposed by the communist tyranny. On this postcard, he wrote words of consolation for Poland and all the countries suffering under the communist regime. This prophecy was realized in the papacy of John Paul II.
In his tremendous suffering, Dolindo became more and more a child who lived his self-offering to the Divine Father. “I am totally poor, a poor nothing. My strength is my prayer, my leader is the will of God which I let take me by the hand. My security over the uneven path is the heavenly mother Mary.” One of the treasures from the words which Jesus spoke to Dolindo was the teaching about total abandonment to God. In this novena, Jesus is talking to Don Dolindo and also to you.”
The way of total abandonment is given to us in the “Novena of Surrender to the Will of God” that Jesus gave to Fr. Dolindo. We pray this novena every day during the Daily Rosary on Mary TV. The words of this novena help us to refocus and abandon ourselves to God. Such abandonment and surrender makes us able to serve the Lord in our day. We become available to Him. This is very important.
Here is a PDF of the Novena to the Will of God by Fr. Dolindo. It is a great gift to us all!!