The Surrender Novena: Let Jesus Take Care of Everything, by Maura Roan McKeegan

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By Maura Roan McKeegan, Catholic Exchange, March 18, 2022

Maura Roan McKeegan is the author of several children’s books, including the award-winning The End of the Fiery Sword: Adam & Eve and Jesus & Mary; Into the Sea, Out of the Tomb: Jonah and Jesus; and St. Conrad and the Wildfire. …


“O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything!”

This simple refrain captured my heart from the first time I heard it. I had never heard of the Surrender Novena—the prayer from which these words were taken—nor of Don Dolindo, its author, but I was so taken with this powerful prayer that I immediately wanted to learn more about both.

As it turns out, Servant of God Don Dolindo Ruotolo was, for a short time, the spiritual director of someone I have written about many times: Padre Pio.

St. Pio said Don Dolindo was a “saint” and that “the whole of Paradise” was in his soul. …

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