Dolindo Ruotolo, Christs minister and favored son of the Virgin Mary, was born on the eve of the feast of the Virgin of the Holy Rosary. In every mans life there are signs which lead him to his destiny and Dolindos name was already an indication to the sacred framework of love and ministry his life was to take.
The priesthood is a living sacrament representing Christ and God the Father for the salvation of sinners. Which as the lung of humanity metabolizes the misery of sin into the pure air of salvation and eternal life. The priest is a mediator of forgiveness, a restorer of Gods earthenware. His works are the fruit of his prayers and it is through sacrifice and prayer that the blind see, the lame walk, and the dead arise.
The works of a holy saint are unknown to the saint himself, it is God who works through him. The priest knows not nor does he wish to usurp the glory for himself which belongs to God only. Therefore, Dolindo whose name itself foresaw the wounds of the thorns, thorns that went through his body throughout his entire life. Dolindo was convinced that he himself was nothing, an insignificant man, possessed by God and worshiper of the Virgin.
In order to establish communication with Gods infinite power it is necessary for mankind to make contact with that other axis connected to it which is : humility.
The more a person gives himself up to God the more he is able to spread Gods power through the outflow of charity. Just as Christ did on the cross, as Francis and all Gods saints did and as Father Dolindo did as well. In other words, internal communication such as miracles and conversions take place only when a person is in tune with his humble axis in which he loses himself and in so doing gives testimony to the glory of God.
And God through Dolindo worked his miracles, obtained conversions, words streamed from his mouth proclaiming words of eternal life preserved in the monumental opera of biblical interpretation edited by the daughters, who Dolindo himself appointed for the apostolic work and were chosen from all walks of life and professions as pious women who were to accompany him in his earthy struggle.
His knowledge shone not for vainglory of human science but for the dignity of divine illustration of the foundation of the Catholic faith towards which flows, as from its source, each and every path of human doctrine. While sill a young man he rested his gaze on the Virgins image and pondered on the unbalance between the duty he had undertaken and his natural talents, which were not so bright. He felt unworthy and so as a young candidate for the great office of priesthood, he turned to his Heavenly Mother and prayed in his heart: if it is your wish that I become a priest of God, let the treasures of knowledge flow into my mind and in virtue ensure that I become worthy. A placid sleep then fell on the brow of the devoted child in prayer, and through sleep the Holy Mother instilled in him the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
He used them from the moment he awakened until the end as keys for his internal
harmonium and sung with all his heart praise to the Trinity and Mary.
Jesus and the Virgin visited him with intimate consolation and to exemplify his election they gave him crosses to bear, crosses of incomprehension by both his family and his parish, crosses of expiation for his brothers sins, crosses of redemption for the salvation of Gods flocks, who came to him night and day sent by their Shepherd to be purified of leprosy of the heart and diseases of the soul. Some streets are famous because they are where historical turning points in human progress took place, and so in Naples, in 58 via Salvator Rosa that divine essence which is the atomic nucleus of man, grew up together with the prayers and blessings of Don Dolindo. He bore upon himself, like Cyrene, the weight of the cross for all men, for the compassion of Jesus and little by little as he climbed with Jesus until Golgotha he felt his shoulders sag and his spine bend under the burden of the cross, his legs were stiff from the difficult journey bleeding with disregard to the bandages. It felt like the fatigue of age and yet it was the stigma of Christ ever patient, a weary soul until the final hour.
Another child of Christ, at the same time yet in another place, was carrying out through his earthly body that which was missing at the crucifixion of Jesus. He spilt his blood from five wounds as a living image of Christ and he alone in the profoundness of his vision, knew and indicated to his followers that also his brother Dolindo bore in his heart the same suffering for the salvation of the soul and for the glory of Christs Church.
Father Dolindo, as Father Pio, was exiled in solitude, as Christ was alone on Calvary, becoming a person you hide from on sight. Dolindo was led by the Devil into the desert and there was tempted. His family doubted him and he was believed to be possessed by a foul spirit, his church removed the only consolation for a priest in affliction: the celebration of the Eucharist (Holy Communion) and for seven years he recited psalms imploring deep down in the bottom of his soul that God would triumph. During the tempest that assailed him, he had the comfort of prayer and of private consolation from the Virgin and Jesus, that ecstasy that only God gives when spoken of. Didnt Jesus advise his disciples: A little while, and ye shall not see me:and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father. (John 16:16) ? Dolindo remained faithful as a dog to his church, hutched and waiting for his master to call him in for dinner. These were the trials for his exaltation towards greater glory but yet greater pain.
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