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By Michael Dwyer, Gorey

Pondering the challenge of acceptance, it reminds me that surrender is a beautiful path of prayer. When paying a visit on a pilgrimage to Our Lady's Island a few years ago, I picked up a copy of the surrender novena. Upon reading it, I learned of the wisdom of Servant of God Don Dolindo Ruotolo, who was St Padre Pio’s Spiritual Director. I was particularly taken with the reflection for day one of the novena, which can be found below. There is so much wisdom in this passage. Let "Thy will be done" be our prayer today: "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 My Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything”. The novena can be found here:


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