Just a few people know about all the holy men and women on the way to sainthood. One of those holy men on his way to sainthood is a priest who earned this by his works and sacrifices, Padre Dolindo Ruotolo, Italian priest, whose name was well known in the 20th century in Italy and who was according to St. Padre Pio from Pietrelcina, a Saint.
St. Padre Pio once said, “No word can be lost from what came under the Padre Dolindo pen. He’s a holy priest.” and on another occasion, St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina said to a group of pilgrims from Naples: “Why do you come here, if you have Don Dolindo in Naples? Go to him, he’s a saint!”
Padre Dolindo wrote many books, helped many people, bestowed his everything to the poor, gave unforgettable speeches and homilies and for the majority of his life was banned from serving the Holy Mass. He was later known for not just his work, but now, when he is in the process of beatification, we know about his conversations with Jesus and Mother Mary.
Besides all these things Dolindo wrote, inspired by Holy Ghost, one really emotional prayer, called Jesus to the soul…. and according to one of his spiritual children, Mr. Umberto Cervo, this prayer was always sung by Padre Dolindo before Nativity in the church.
Padre Dolindo was well known for his absolutely submission to Jesus and beside Novena of Surrender, we have this prayer, which is known to just a few people and officially is known maybe just in Italy, until now, thanks to our Catholic Connect contributor from Slovakia: Martina Šulová.
This prayer was written in Napoli, on January 7, 1958. I want to share it with you. Now, in time of anxiety and fear, join me, just close your eyes and pray. Here:
Jesus, You take over!
A prayer of the Servant of God, Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo
Jesus to the soul:
Why are you upset and agitated? Leave your cares to Me and all will be fine. I tell you honestly, every act of true and blind reliance on Me, results in what you desire and will resolve all your difficulties.
Abandonment in Me does not mean being frustrated, becoming anxious and desperate, offering Me your anxious prayer, that I may follow you and have your anxiety be a prayer.
Abandonment means to shut the eyes of your soul in peace, moving your thoughts away from your troubles, and instead of thinking about your worries and pain, let Me take over your troubles. Simply say: Jesus, You take over. To be worried, restless, and to think of the consequences of an event is the opposite of reliance, it is really contrary to it.
It is like a child, who wants his mom to take care of his needs, but in the way he wants: and with his whims and childish ideas he hampers her work. Shut your eyes and go with the flow of My grace. Do not ponder over your present moment and put away thoughts of your future as a temptation; rest in Me, believe in My goodness and I swear on My Love, that if you think like this: Jesus, You take over, I indeed will do it for you, I will comfort you, free you, and guide you.
If I have to take you in a different direction from the one you are looking at, I will train you, I pick you up in my arms, and you will find yourself, like a baby sleeping in his mother’s arms, on the other shore. What gives you immense stress and hurts you, is your reasoning over it, your thoughts and the pains it gives you; it is wanting at all costs to take care by yourself of what is afflicting you.
How many things I can do, be it a material or a spiritual need, when the soul turns to Me, looks at Me and says to Me: Jesus, You take over, and close its eyes and rests in Me! You do not receive many graces because you insist on getting them by yourself; but instead, you will receive numberless graces, when your prayer is in full reliance on Me. When you are in pain, and you pray that I may act, you want Me to act as you believe I should… you do not turn to Me; instead you want Me to submit to your ideas; you are like a sick person who does not ask the doctor for the cure, but tells him what the cure is to be. Don’t be like this, but pray as I taught you in the Our Father: Hallowed be your name, which means, may You be glorified in this need of mine; Your kingdom come, which means, everything may work toward Your Kingdom in us and in the world; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, which means, You direct it as it seems best to You for the good of our eternal and temporal life.
When you truly tell me: Your will be done, which is the same then to say: Jesus, You take over, then I do intervene with all My omnipotence, and I will resolve every situation, even if there is no way out. For example, do you see your sickness becoming worse instead of improving? Don’t become anxious, close your eyes and tell Me with trust: Your will be done, Jesus, You take over. I repeat it, I do take care, I intervene like a doctor, and even do a miracle if it is necessary. Does a patient become worse? Don’t be frightened, close your eyes and say: Jesus, You take over. I tell you again: I will indeed do it for you, and there is no medicine more powerful than my loving intervention. I take over only when you close your eyes.
You never sleep, you want to appraise everything, to think, to delve into everything; you choose to rely on human power, or, worse, on men, trusting their intervention. This is what hampers My words and My will. Oh how much I long for this reliance in order to assist you, and how much I grieve to see your anxiety. Satan does just this: he gives you the anxiety to remove Me from you and throw you into the human initiative.
Trust only in Me instead, rest in Me, rely on Me in everything. I do miracles in proportion to your complete reliance on Me, with no thought of yourself. I spread treasures of graces when you are in the most squalid poverty. If you have your own resources, even a few, or if you seek them, you are at the natural level, thus you follow the natural way of things, which often are dominated by Satan. Never a thinker or a philosopher has done any miracle, not even among the Saints; only he who relies on God does divine work.
When you see that things become complicated, say with your eyes closed: Jesus, I abandon myself to You; Jesus, You take over, and stop worrying about it, because your mind is sharp and for you, it is difficult to distinguish evil, but trust in Me, and let your mind wander away from your thoughts. Do this for all your needs; all of you, do this, and you shall see great things, endless and silent miracles. I swear it on My Love. I shall indeed take over, you can be sure of it. Pray always with this loving confidence and you shall have great peace and great fruits, even when I choose for you the grace of immolating yourself for reparation and the love that entails suffering. Do you believe it is impossible? Shut your eyes and say with all your soul: Jesus, You take over. Don’t be afraid, I indeed will take care of you, and you shall bless My Name, in humility. A thousand prayers do not equal only one act of abandonment; don’t ever forget it. There is no better novena than this: Oh Jesus I abandon myself to You, Jesus, You take over.
The Rosary of Abandonment
God come to my assistance
Lord make haste to help me. Glory be. Our Father.
1st Decade: Jesus, You take over!
(10 times on the beads of the Hail Mary). Glory be.
2nd Decade: Mother Mary, guide me. (10 times on the beads of the Hail Mary). Glory be.
3rd Decade: Jesus you take over!
(10 times on the beads of the Hail Mary). Glory be.
4th Decade: Mother Mary, guide me. (10 times on the beads of the Hail Mary). Glory be.
5th Decade: Jesus, you take over!
(10 times on the beads of the Hail Mary ). Glory be.
Hail Holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To you we cry, the children of Eve;
to you we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this land of exile.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us;
lead us home at last
and show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus:
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo (1882-1970) Napoli, Italy His body rests in his Parish Church Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Joseph of the Aged, Via Salvatore Tommasi, Napoli, Italy
Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo was born, in Naples, Italy on October 6,1882. Ordained at the young age of 23 on June 24, 1905, he dedicated every moment of his long life to prayer and penance at the service of the thousands of faithful who asked for his spiritual direction and turned to him for help and comfort.
Don Dolindo Ruotolo is the author of a profound and huge Commentary on the Holy Scripture in 33 volumes. Beside that, he left a very large number of theological, ascetical and mystical writings. He also answered thousands of letters. He wrote also thousands of notes on holy images to offer spiritual direction to people, and a few of these are now collected in a little book, “Meditations on the Holy Rosary”. Don Dolindo had a keen understanding of the human soul and thus he was always able to help people to see the light of God.
Forever at work, tireless in helping souls, in the midst of unspeakable suffering of every kind, as victim soul for mankind, he was sustained by a wonderful freshness of spirit that transformed his life into a hymn to life. Paralyzed for the last ten years of his life, Don Dolindo Ruotolo died in Naples on November 19, 1970, in the extreme voluntary poverty he had lived all his life. His body lies in the Church where he served as Pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Joseph of the Aged, where now, more then ever, people flock to him and seek out his tomb, confident of his intercession.