Autobiographies are part of literary genre that when adopted by a saint serve to become humble before God and to edify the Church. Like Agostino, and Theresa before him , Dolindo too, in obedience and under oath to tell the truth, relives the history of his soul and the works God has in store for him. When Jesus is present in our soul, our heart exalts in joy yet at the same instance all our human convictions create a wall around us and even those who pray together with us raise their voices against us because the soul searches for tangible proof of the truth it feels within.
However, truth is not found in our brothers who see not but the bitterness of human misery; and so they sigh as Christ on the cross: my God. Why have you forsaken me? Comfort is to be found only through the truth of faith, no tangible proof but the faith taught by the Church exists. Because, it is in such truth that Christ firmly resides.
And so Father Dolindo, like any other saint, goes through a series of doubts: Jesus is silently guiding us.
Dolindo was threatened to be reported to the Holy Office because of envy on the part of Father Fabazzi and Father De Cicco. Just the mention such a tribunal sets off unrest in the soul of every follower because it leads him to believe that he is not conforming to the ways of the Church. The Devil tempts the soul and although it is only illusion, it puts faith in God to test by the seduction of the enemy and threatens damnation for ourselves and others.
Jesus never leaves a chosen one to suffer longer than what is necessary; during mass He came and with peace raised Dolindo above and beyond human triteness. He let him feel and taste the gusto of the truth and mysteriously purified each and every cell of his being from anguish and hesitation. He clearly felt that the ministry of priesthood is not only ritual but is the ministry of the word of Jesus, that Jesus during sacrament broke bread to signify the word which nourishes us through illumination of the mind and edification of the spirit, that sacrament not enriched primarily by the penetration of the Word is a transmutation of bread into stone.
There cant be sainthood without devotion to Mary. The people in their intuitive nature deep within their soul named don Dolindo well when they called him Marys Sage as if to indicate a matronymic affinity. In effect don Dolindo was completely
Mary : he celebrated the most beautiful prayers to Mary, he sang for her and together with her sang the most delicate melodies. A great deal of his writing and his pamphlets are dedicated to the Immaculate Virgin, to the Redeemers Mother, co-redeemer of the human race. Mary was for him the breath of the Universe and the wonder of the Soul, the hymn of the Trinity. Without comparison are his feelings towards the inspired Magnificat as dictated by the Virgin who came to instruct don Dolindos humble cenacle.
At the school of our Heavenly Mother a deep culminating change of heart is reflected in his latest work: Mary, mother of God , and mother of man, a powerful trilogy of Mary composed in the final years of his life, amidst excruciating pain and paralysis
which made it rather difficult to write. The pillar of such devotion to Mary was the prayer to the Holy Rosary, which he recited while meditating the stages of life, the death and resurrection of Jesus to his throne, which he likened to the rod of Moses to beat on the gates of Heaven and to beg for grace or as a sword against Satans assaults and temptations.
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