The Surrender Novena is a beautiful devotion which Our Lord Himself gave us through the holy Italian priest Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo, of whom his contemporary Padre Pio said, “The whole of paradise is in your soul.”
Fr. Ruotolo—a Servant of God—lived in obscurity and even now is not well known. His life was full of suffering, but he accepted all for the love of Jesus and the conversion of souls.
Fr. Dolindo received extraordinary communications from Our Lord, most famously about His Providence and care for us. Jesus told him that He desires us to abandon everything in our life into His hands—everything!—without exception and without reserve.
To help us put this into practice—being so accustomed as we are to trying to control everything in our lives—Our Lord gave Fr. Dolindo the Surrender Novena. Each day includes a reflection from Christ Himself on the nature of this total abandonment to His Providence. Here is a beautiful example from day 8:
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.
Each day, the soul receives a new consolation from Our Lord in which He speaks in the most loving and generous terms of His desire to take care of all our needs, if only we will give up our worry and anxiety. Each reflection ends with a tenfold recitation of the prayer, “O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything!”
Pray this Novena and find peace in Our Lord! Here at The Catholic Company, we designed a chaplet specifically for this devotion. This lovely chaplet is composed of burgundy Czech fire-polished crystal beads and finished with a silver Sacred Heart medal from Italy. Includes a prayer card with the prayers of the Novena. Available today at The Catholic Company!