When it comes to book reading, there are two types of people: those who read the last chapter first and those who are disgusted by those who read the last chapter first. My husband is the disgusted one, so that makes me....
I don’t want to ruin your Bible reading here, but if you’re a Christian I’m pretty sure you’ve already read the end of that book anyway. Guess what happens at the end. We win! “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Revelation 7:10
Yes we are a victorious people. Funny how so much of the time I don’t feel that way. That’s because my victory doesn’t come through the self-sufficiency I crave. It comes through surrender.
Don Dolindo Ruotolo, “the little old man of Mary Most Holy”, as he called himself. (1882-1970) was an Italian priest and mystic, and a contemporary of Saint Padre Pio of Pietralcina. As is usually the case with God’s prophets, he didn’t look like a hero and he didn’t act like a conqueror. Don Dolindo was short, stooped and crippled by arthritis. He was misunderstood by his family and friends, scorned by his colleagues and ridiculed because of his poverty and simplicity. He was the subject of gossip and calumny but responded with loving kindness. Just the ingredients for sainthood. Currently he is a servant of God and his Cause for Beatification is underway.
Don Dolindo was a prolific writer. In particular, he wrote a 33-volume analysis, commentary and meditation on the whole Bible. The text below is from his writing “The Lord’s Battles, How They are Won.”
“Patience is the perfect way, and with patience you will win. The Apostles won through martyrdom, Jesus won with the Cross! Wait and trust; Jesus won the world and has already won it in its entirety. There is no struggle that begins that He has not already won. Therefore repose in Him and peacefully await His moment. Follow the way God has traced out for you. If you are a woman, what do you do? When God calls all souls back to life, He will call women to His apostolate, because He needs mothers. When He needs to feed the revived world, He calls upon men, because he needs fathers. He called upon Our Lady when He wanted to be born, and He was reborn to give us all life again. He called upon Our Lady in the Cenacle, and at the foot of the Cross, when the Church was born and promulgated; He sent the Apostles to nourish the reborn world, and the Church was born in His blood through Maria. In His work of restoration, Jesus chose women, because humanity made apostate was dead and had to be reborn. First the world needed mothers, and then He will send priests to nourish it. Are you a woman? Then Jesus has chosen this for you. Take repose in this. He knew that from you He needed an apostolate, He wanted it this way, and you should find your rest in Him. Poland, in its last battle against the Bolsheviks, won, thanks to its women.” http://www.dolindo.org/english/battles.html
Among Don Dolindo’s many writings is “Meditations on the Holy Rosary of Mary.” Included in these meditations is a sermon that Don Dolindo gave at the Parish of the Ascensione a Chiaia in Naples, Italy in October 1958. He began his sermon on the Visitation of Mary to Saint Elizabeth with a commentary on his own surrender: “I shall write today what I can remember of the sermon I gave yesterday. I go on the pulpit completely empty; almost always I don’t even know the subject on which I am supposed to preach. All is fruit of grace for the intimate light I feel when I start talking. All of it is the work of the mercy of the Lord. There remains with me only my confusion and a profound feeling of my own nothingness.” http://www.dolindo.org/english/meditation_on_the_holy_rosary.pdf
The Lord’s Battles: How They are Won http://www.dolindo.org/english/battles.html
Trusting When it’s Hard
Don Dolindo’s Novena of Surrender to the Will of God
What’s another word for surrender? Obedience! Obeying can be hard sometimes. Parents usually know what’s best for their kids, but kids don’t always agree. It’s the same thing when it comes to God. Sometimes we don’t agree with what He wants from us. Ultimately it comes down to trusting God the way you trust your dad..
One way to build a habit of surrender is to start your day off with a prayer. Offer God your day with all its ups and downs, and ask Him to bless it. Then at bedtime thank Him for the special things that happened, apologize for the things you did wrong, and remind Him of the things you need help with.