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Let Jesus Take Care of Everything with the Surrender Novena

Sep 13, 2021 by

"O' Jesus, I surrender myself to You. Take care of everything!"

This simple and beautiful prayer spoke to me so powerfully the first time I saw the novena pamphlet here at The Catholic Company. I had never heard of Don Delindo Ruotolo, the Neapolitan priest to whom Jesus gave the novena prayer. I had never seen the prayer or the prayer beads, but who doesn't love a good novena? I found this one so moving and compelling in its simplicity, intimacy, and trust. 

St. Padre Pio and Servant of God Don Dolindo Ruotolo (inset)

Who Was Don Dolindo Ruotolo?

Servant of God Don Dolindo Ruotolo was an Italian Franciscan priest and miracle worker who lived from 1882-1970. He was for a time the Spiritual Director of St. Padre Pio, who called Fr. Ruotolo a saint, and said of him, "the whole of paradise is in your soul." 

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While some referred to him as a mouth-piece of the Holy Spirit for his remarkable communications with Jesus during his lifetime, he called himself the Madonna's little old man, and he kept her rosary as his constant companion. He offered his life, which entailed great suffering, as a victim soul.

His name, "Dolindo," means pain, and he embraced this constant companion too, for God for and souls. Fr. Ruotolo chose a life of such poverty and austerity that his own family abandoned him, embarrassed by the holy priest. He received the sick, frail, and contagious with an open heart and open arms, caring for them and suffering for them. 

He would sit with sick people wracked with pain and when he placed his cloak around them, their pain would disappear. Because of his goodness and faith in God, he was able to heal those even far from him with his prayers. It was said that his sufferings did not eliminate joy, but rather increased it.

Like Padre Pio, he was exiled in solitude as Christ was alone on Calvary. Both were removed for a time from public ministry, prohibited from celebrating mass, and reduced to the recitation of scripture and Psalms, imploring and declaring the triumph of God from the depths of their holy souls. 

Don Delindo Ruotolo and the Face of Christ - Photo Credit ansa.it

A Hidden Life

In this state of profound humility, Don Dolindo was able to hear the words of God and be consoled by extraordinary communications with Jesus. His life was hidden in suffering and pain, but his heart was hidden in Christ.

This Servant of God also had the gift of prophecy. In in 1965, he wrote an extraordinary message to Bishop Pavol Hnilica of Slovakia, who lived through the terrors of World War I and II, and was secretly ordained during that time.  

"A new John will arise out of Poland to break the chains of communist tyranny..." 

That prophetic postcard was a consolation to Bp. Hnilica, and the prophecy was later realized through the election of Pope St. John Paul II.  

In the last ten years of his life, Fr. Ruotolo was completely paralyzed, but suffered his humiliations joyfully for the will and glory of God and salvation of souls. With his self-offering to the Father, Don Delindo became more childlike and trusting, giving all things to the Lord. 

He said of himself, 

"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."

Jesus Gives the Surrender Novena

The Surrender Novena Fr. Ruotolo received from Jesus is a treasured prayer well loved by those devoted to its power. The Lord taught Father to abandon himself completely to Him and trust in His power and love. The novena was one gift in their extraordinary communication. As Jesus taught St. Faustina how souls should abandon themselves to His mercy, he taught Fr. Ruotolo how souls should abandon themselves completely to His providence.

This novena of abandonment is a timeless prayer particularly relevant today, as we struggle with so many uncertainties and sufferings in our world. Jesus told Fr. Ruotolo that there was no novena more powerful than this. Because He knew the struggle in the hearts of mankind to surrender completely to His will, He spoke to Don Delindo plainly and lovingly, as His apostle of surrender. 

Stained Glass Window of the Passion of Christ

Taught by Christ 

Jesus said to Fr. Ruotolo,

“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.”

When I happened upon the novena, the words of Christ moved my heart as he said to Don Dolindo, 

“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.” 

How comforting these promises of Jesus have been to me in uncertain times and amidst personal agonies. That He promises us something "by His love" is so consoling. So very certain. 

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Just as Christ abandoned Himself completely to the will of His Father, He gives us example and instruction to do the same. We can follow Him in abandonment and trust, with the Surrender Novena to guide us. It is easy and intimate. It is beautiful and powerful. Most importantly, it is the truth in a form that is so consoling and relatable when we struggle to trust God in our sufferings.

It has become a favorite prayer of mine. When anything threatens to steal your peace, try abandoning yourself to Jesus with this Novena of Surrender, and let him take care of everything. Here is the prayer, including the words of Jesus to Don Dolindo for each day of the novena.

The Holy Trinity by Peter Paul Rubens

The Surrender Novena

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)

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)

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 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."

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

Amen.



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