Servant of God Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo, Apostle of Surrender

Servant of God Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo, Apostle of Surrender

I walked outside to get some fresh air after having turned off the evening news which was filled with updates of the coronavirus spreading throughout the world. With all the worries that flooded my heart, I thought it would be a good time to pray Day 3 of the Surrender Novena: 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 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...

New Spring of Water Series: A Year With The Saints

New Spring of Water Series: A Year With The Saints

During this new series of Spring of Water meditations, we will live “A Year with the Saints”. We will look at each saint we have chosen as an “Apostle” of some particular virtue: joy, trust, love, etc. Meditating on their lives, we will seek to learn from them in our own journey towards holiness. Join us as we embark on “A Year with the Saints”.

His hand on mine

His hand on mine

“It wasn’t easy to go to confession that day. I was twenty-two years old, and despite the fact that time has passed since then, I still remember it well. I was at the Shrine of Loreto. I was drawing near to this sacrament, prepared to receive a scolding and to be humiliated; I would never have thought that I could instead receive a precious gift. I felt alone, as if I had to appear before a judge. And yet, as soon as I knelt down, the friar who was waiting for me in the confessional, perhaps sensing my discomfort, placed his hand on mine and didn’t let go for the whole time of the confession. That gesture helped me to feel closeness and understanding, and it encouraged me to open up. I felt as if the sins I was confessing lost their power over my heart, and in...

The Logic of Paradox

The Logic of Paradox

“But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you” (Jn 16:7). Catholicism, what a paradox! The Bible is full of verses like: “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Mt 16:25). As Catholics we proclaim truths like: “O happy fault that won for us so great a Redeemer” (Exultet for the Easter Vigil). And we have experiences as though a blind man were teaching us how to see. Faith and reason, body and soul, Scripture and Tradition, grace and nature; these are all truths of our faith and all are paradoxes. As we begin this new cycle of meditations focusing on the important elements of the charism of the...

Being a light for others

Being a light for others

When he had risen, early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. After this he appeared in another form to two of them walking along on their way to the country. They returned and told the others; but they did not believe them either. But later, as the eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised. He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;...

His mercy endures forever

His mercy endures forever

“Oh happy fault that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer.” On this Divine Mercy Sunday, we can again savor these words from the Exsultet that were proclaimed at the Easter Vigil Mass just one week ago. As we, like Thomas, place our doubting humanity within Jesus’ wounded side, we are reminded that “by His wounds we are healed” (Is. 53:5). It is from His open side, wounded because of His great love, that the blood and water of His mercy rain upon us. Let us allow the words of Psalm 118 to reecho in our hearts, today and every day: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His mercy endures forever.”