“Gesù, pensaci tu.” (“Jesus, you take care of it.”)Servant of God Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo
In the Surrender Novena, we turn away from ourselves and towards Jesus, who wraps us in His arms and takes care of everything in His everlasting love for us.
Table of Contents
- What is the Surrender Novena?
- When to pray the Surrender Novena?
- Why pray the Surrender Novena?
- How to pray the Surrender Novena
- Other novenas
What is the Surrender Novena?
The Surrender Novena comes from Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo (1882-1970), a Servant of God and candidate for beatification (to become a saint). Jesus revealed to Fr. Dolindo the words that make up this novena. Fr. Dolindo, who called himself “Mary’s little old man,” suffered for much of his life, even living in paralysis for the last ten years before his death. He was also, at one time, the spiritual director and a friend of Padre Pio, who similarly found the love of Christ in his suffering.
Both Fr. Dolindo and Padre Pio left us with many words and prayers that guide us toward surrendering ourselves to Christ. They also inspire us to always meet others with mercy and love, representative of their own surrenders to Christ and His love for us.
In praying this novena of surrender, we meditate on the same words Jesus gave Fr. Dolindo over the course of nine days, in which we hear Jesus tell us to give Him everything and to place our complete trust in Him.
When to pray the Surrender Novena?
Turn to the Surrender Novena whenever you struggle to take care of something on your own, whenever you struggle to give over a worry, doubt, or suffering to God.
Pray this novena to give everything to Jesus and say, “Jesus, you take care of it.”
Why pray the Surrender Novena?
The Surrender Novena is one of the most powerful prayers Jesus has given us. Jesus met Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo in his pain, suffering, agony, and doubt. And through the words that Jesus gave him, we also meet Jesus in this place. We pray the Surrender Novena to humble ourselves and recognize that we can’t handle it all alone – we need Jesus to take care of us. As we repeat throughout this novena, we pray for surrender to turn our eyes away from ourselves and to look upon Jesus.
As St. Therese of Lisieux said, “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart … it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”
This novena of surrender to the will of God has been so powerful for folks who have prayed it on the Hallow app. Below are two testimonials from individuals in our Hallow community about the power of Surrender Novena:
“I realized I had no business thanking God for the things that I could do for myself when I rejected him and wanted to do things my way. The Surrender Novena meant completely waiting on God, completely letting him choose, completely letting my will and ability go.”
“The experience of these past nine days waking up to surrender myself and my days to Jesus has changed completely the way to face the tasks and challenges laying ahead. […] I am surprised by how fast a soul can mature, and the closeness to Christ one can experience in such a short time. [The Surrender Novena] is one of the most life-changing experiences I’ve had, and would like to continue with this habit onward.”
We hope you’ll join us in praying the Surrender Novena with Jonathan Roumie, the actor who plays Jesus in The Chosen, on Hallow.
How to pray the Surrender Novena
Time needed: 5 minutes.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus and pray for surrender for nine days.
- Begin by making the sign of the cross.
In the name of Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
- Then, listen or read the words that Jesus spoke to Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo and that He continues to speak to us. Each day of the novena, listen and reflect on His words and consider how He is leading you to peace and comfort throughout the next nine days and forever.
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 products the effect that you desire and resolves all difficult situations.
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 consequence of anything.
It is like the confusion that children feel when they ask their mother to see 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.
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 your ideas. You are not sick people who ask 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.
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.
And then 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 you reason, your thoughts and worry, and your desire at all costs to deal with what afflicts you.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
- Repeat the surrender refrain 10 times.
“O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything!”
- Close with a prayer from Servant of God Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo.
“Mother, I am yours now and forever. Through you and with you, I always want to belong completely to Jesus.”
- Lastly, conclude with the sign of the cross.
In the name of Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
We hope you’ll join us in praying the Surrender Novena with prayer guide Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus in The Chosen.
“Jesus, you take care of it.”
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