St. Michael Prayer

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do, thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into hell satan and all of the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Glory to God in the Highest!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Father Dolindo Ruotolo

Father Dolindo Ruotolo
(1882-1970)

A Prophet for our Time

O Jesus, I Surrender Myself to You

On November 19, 1970 Don (Fr) Dolindo Ruotolo died at the age of 88.  Padre Pio once said of this priest from Naples, Italy, "The whole of paradise is in your soul".  His name "Dolindo" means "Pain" and his life was rich with this pain.  As a child, a teenager, a seminarian and a priest, he experienced humiliation which was the realization of the prophetic words of a bishop who said, "You will be a martyr, but in your heart, not with your blood."

In his profound humility, he was able to hear the words of God.  Even with his hidden life, he was one of the greatest prophets of the last century.  He wrote to Bishop Hnilica in 1965 that "a new John will rise out of Poland with heroic steps to break the chains beyond the boundaries imposed by the communist tyranny."  On this postcard, he wrote words of consolation for Poland and all the countries suffering under the communist regime.  This prophecy was realized in the papacy of John Paul II. 

In his tremendous suffering, Dolindo became more and more a child who lived his self offering to the Divine Father.  "I as totally poor, a poor nothing.  My strength is my prayer, my leader is the will of God which I let Him take me by the hand.  My security over the uneven path is the heavenly mother Mary."

One of the treasures from the words which Jesus spoke to Dolindo was the teaching about total abandonment to God.  In the upcoming novena, Jesus is talking to Father Dolindo and also to you.

2 comments:

  1. This is the first I have heard of this holy priest, Mallory. Thank you for letting us know about him and for sharing his prayers.

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    1. Hi, Mary, thanks for stopping by. I learned about this priest last summer from another priest who brought these prayers with him as he visited our parish. I love these prayers! I use them often!

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