Jesus, I Surrender to You

Jesus of Nazareth

Jesus, I Surrender to You

A friend shared a prayer with me, the Surrender Novena, that I had to share with you. This prayer was given to Servant of God Dolindo Ruotolo by Jesus. I found the Lord’s words in this prayer so profound and so comforting.

About Father Dolindo. He was born in Naples in 1882, and passed away there in 1970. Padre Pio said he was a saint, and “the whole of paradise dwelled” within his soul. His name means pain, and he suffered from numerous physical ailments throughout this life. He was also deprived of celebrating the mass several times because of his sharp writings against the historical-critical method of Biblical scholarship. He authored numerous books on the Scriptures and on Marian devotion. In the last years of his life, he referred to himself as the “Madonna’s little old man.”

Father Dolindo was also a prophet. In 1965, he wrote to Bishop Pavol 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.

The two things Jesus said to Father Dolindo that really jumped out to me were both on day three of the novena. First Jesus told Father Dolindo, “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 to your ideas. You are not sick people who ask the doctor to cure you, but rather sick people who tell the doctor how to.”

Jesus wants us to bring all of our trials and tribulations, our worries and anxieties, to Him in prayer. But I know I face the temptation to go on and tell Him how I want things to be, rather than leaving things to His mercy. He loves me more than I love myself, He knows better than I can what is best for me. So all I have to do is bring my needs to Him, and He will take care of the rest. O Jesus, I surrender to you.

This is the second thing Jesus said that hit me: “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.”

“Thy will be done,” although I say it all the time (and often mindlessly) in the “Our Father,” can be a scary thing to say. It makes me think of the Cross, and I start to think that bad things will happen to me if I allow God’s will to be done in my life. So I resist, and I sin. Jesus puts this in a whole new light. God’s will is always what’s best for me. It can and will involve trials, but there is no doubt that God’s will is the pathway to my holiness and happiness. It is the road to salvation, not just my own, but in saying “yes” to God’s will I say “yes” to the grace He gives me to share in the work of salvation. And Jesus will take care of everything! When we surrender to Him, He will give us everything we need to overcome every obstacle and every temptation, so that we can share in His joy and peace, at this very moment and eternally at the heavenly banquet.

What a simple, powerful, peaceful prayer, giving everything over to the Savior. It is a summons not to passivity but to receptivity to God’s grace working in our lives and transforming our hearts. “Jesus, I surrender to you. You take care of everything.” Amen!

THE SURRENDER NOVENA

Given by JESUS to Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo

Day 1

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 produces the effect that you desire and resolves all difficult situations.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything! (10 times)

Day 2

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 consequences of anything. It is like the confusion that children feel when they ask their mother to see to 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.”

O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything! (10 times)

Day 3

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 close 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 to your ideas. You are not sick people who ask the doctor to cure you, but rather sick people who tell 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.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything! (10 times)

Day 4

Do 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.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything! (10 times)

Day 5

And when 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 mothers’ arms, on the other bank of the river. What troubles you and hurts you immensely are your reason, your thoughts and worry, and your desire at all costs to deal with what afflicts you.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything! (10 times)

Day 6

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.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything! (10 times)

Day 7

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 the 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.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything! (10 times)

Day 8

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.

O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything! (10 times)

Day 9

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:

O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything! (10 times)

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Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mother, I am yours now and forever.
Through you and with you I always want to belong completely to Jesus.

Image: Miraculous Draught of Fish by Raphael (downloaded from Wikipedia Commons).

Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day for the salvation of souls.

Michael Haverkamp

Michael Haverkamp is a lifelong member of the Roman Catholic Church. He is grateful to his parents for raising him in the faith. He resides in Columbus, Ohio with his amazing wife and three sons. By day he is a (usually) mild-mannered grant writer.

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