Jesus, You Take Over (Part 1) – A Spiritual Reflection
Jesus, You take over!
A prayer of the Servant of God, Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo
Father Dolindo Ruotolo was born in Naples, Italy in 1882. Ordained at age of 23, he dedicated every moment of his long life to prayer and penance at the service of the thousands of faithful who asked for his spiritual direction and turned to him for help and comfort.
“Don Dolindo” was the author of a profound and huge Commentary on the Holy Scripture in 33 volumes. Beside that, he left a very large number of theological, ascetical and mystical writings, thousands of letters and notes on holy images to offer spiritual direction to people, and a few of these are now collected in a little book, “Meditations on the Holy Rosary”.
Paralyzed for the last ten years of his life, Don Dolindo died in Naples on November 19, 1970. His body lies in the Church where he served as Pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Joseph of the Aged where, even today, people flock to him and seek out his tomb, confident of his intercession. The first part of his prayer, “Jesus You Take Over,” is a great prayer for people who find themselves being worried or anxious about what they are facing in life and is provided below. The second part of the prayer will be provided next week.
Why are you upset and agitated? Leave your cares to Me and all will be fine. I tell you honestly, every act of true and blind reliance on Me, results in what you desire and will resolve all your difficulties.
Abandonment in Me does not mean being frustrated, becoming anxious and desperate, offering Me your anxious prayer, that I may follow you and have your anxiety be a prayer. Abandonment means to shut the eyes of your soul in peace, moving your thoughts away from your troubles and, instead of thinking about your worries and pain, let Me take over your troubles. Simply say: “Jesus, You take over.” To be worried, restless, and to think of the consequences of an event is the opposite of reliance, it is really contrary to it.
It is like a child, who wants his mom to take care of his needs, but in the way he wants: and with his whims and childish ideas he hampers her work. Shut your eyes and go with the flow of My grace. Do not ponder over your present moment and put away thoughts of your future as a temptation. Rest in Me, believe in My goodness and I swear on My Love, that if you think like this: “Jesus, You take over,” I indeed will do it for you, I will comfort you, free you, and guide you.
If I have to take you in a different direction from the one you are looking at, I will train you. I pick you up in my arms and you will find yourself, like a baby sleeping in his mother’s arms, on the other shore. What gives you immense stress and hurts you, is your reasoning over it, your thoughts and the pains it gives you; it is wanting at all costs to take care by yourself of what is afflicting you.
How many things I can do, be it a material or a spiritual need, when the soul turns to Me, looks at Me and says to Me:” Jesus, You take over,” and close its eyes and rests in Me! You do not receive many graces because you insist on getting them by yourself. Instead you will receive numberless graces when your prayer is in full reliance on Me. When you are in pain, and you pray that I may act, you want Me to act as you believe I should… but you do not turn to Me. Instead you want Me to submit to your ideas. You are like a sick person who asks the doctor for the cure, but then tells him what the cure is to be!
Don’t be like this, but pray as I taught you in the Our Father: “Hallowed be your name, which means, may You be glorified in this need of mine. Your kingdom come, which means, everything may work toward Your Kingdom in us and in the world; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, which means, You direct it as it seems best to You for the good of our eternal and temporal life.
The Rosary of Abandonment
God come to my assistance – Lord make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit –
As is was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen
Say one Our Father.
Say one Hail Mary.
- 1st Decade: Say “Jesus, You take over!” 10 times (on the beads of the Hail Mary). Finish with one “Glory be…”
- 2nd Decade: Say, “Mother Mary, guide me” 10 times (on the beads of the Hail Mary). Finish with one “Glory be…”
- 3rd Decade: Say, “Jesus you take over!” 10 times (on the beads of the Hail Mary). Finish with one “Glory be…”
- 4th Decade: Say, “Mother Mary, guide me” 10 times (on the beads of the Hail Mary). Finish with one “Glory be…”
- 5th Decade: Say, “Jesus, you take over!” 10 times (on the beads of the Hail Mary ). Finish with one “Glory be…”
Conclude with the “Hail Holy Queen.”