Introduction to a comforting and powerful prayer for troubled hearts and anxious times

 

Fr-Dolindo-RuotoloFr. Dolindo Ruotolo of Naples, Italy (1882-1970), was a miracle worker and a mouthpiece of the Holy Spirit. He offered himself as a victim soul for mankind and was completely paralyzed for the last ten years of his life. He is a candidate for beatification and the Catholic Church has granted him the title “Servant of God.” This humble priest had extraordinary communications with Jesus throughout his heroic life, which was totally devoted to God and Mother Mary. He referred to himself as “the Madonna’s little old man,” and the Rosary was his constant companion. Padre Pio once said to him, “The whole of paradise is in your soul.”

Fr. “Dolindo’s” name means “Pain,” and his life was rife with it. As a child, a teenager, a seminarian, and a priest, he experienced humiliation, the realization of prophetic words from a bishop who told him, “You will be a martyr, but in your heart, not with your blood.”

In his profound humility, Fr. Dolindo was able to hear the words of God. Even with his life so hidden, he was one of the great prophets of the last century. On a postcard, he wrote to Bishop Hnilica in 1965 that a new John would rise out of Poland with heroic steps to break the chains beyond the boundaries imposed by communist tyranny. This prophecy was realized in the papacy of St. Pope John Paul II.

In his tremendous suffering, Fr. Dolindo became more and more a child of God who lived in complete 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.”

Of the many words Jesus spoke to Fr. Dolindo is the treasure of His teaching regarding our total abandonment to God, which has been partitioned into a novena for frequent prayer. In this novena, Jesus speaks directly to our hearts. As you will see from His words, much of what Our Lord wants seems to fly in the face of normal human inclination and reason. We can only rise to this level of thinking through the grace of God and the help of the Holy Spirit. But when we do as the prayer says, when we open our hearts and close our eyes in trust and ask Jesus to “Take care of it,” He will.

Novena of Abandonment

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.

Repeat 10 times:
O Jesus, I surrender myself to you,
take care of everything!

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.

Repeat 10 times:
O Jesus, I surrender myself to you,
take care of everything!

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 close 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 to 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.

Repeat 10 times:
O Jesus, I surrender myself to you,
take care of everything!

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.

Repeat 10 times:
O Jesus, I surrender myself to you,
take care of everything!

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.

Repeat 10 times:
O Jesus, I surrender myself to you,
take care of everything!

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 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.

Repeat 10 times:
O Jesus, I surrender myself to you,
take care of everything!

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 anymore
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.

Repeat 10 times:
O Jesus, I surrender myself to you,
take care of everything!

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.

Repeat 10 times:
O Jesus, I surrender myself to you,
take care of everything!

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.

Repeat 10 times:
O Jesus, I surrender myself to you,
take care of everything!

 

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