Don Dolindo Ruotolo was a Neapolitan priest (1882-1970), stigmatized miracle
worker, and mouthpiece of the Holy Spirit. 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.
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, Fr. Dolindo
was able to hear the words of God. Even with his hidden life he was one of the
greatest prophets of the last century and in 1965, he wrote to Bishop Hnilica
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, Fr.
Dolindo became more and more a child who lived his self-offering to the Divine
Father. 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.
One of the treasures from the words
which Jesus spoke to Fr. Dolindo was the teaching about total abandonment to
God. In this novena, Jesus is talking to Don Dolindo and also to you.
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