Father Dolindo Ruotolo is now known much more widely in the United States of America, because of his classic novena on surrendering to Jesus. Many people now pray this novena every single day with extraordinary results. Father Dolindo also has written one of the greatest and most practical works in the history of the Church on the Holy Spirit. It is entitled, “Come Holy Spirit”. In this masterpiece, he explains all the elements of our Faith by which the Holy Spirit sanctifies us. Sanctification, or loving and living as Jesus and Mary did, is the only purpose of our existence.
Here is an example from the Book , which I believe gives evidence of the gift that Father Dolindo is to the Church. His cause for beatification is underway. I have preserved his thought but slightly edited and altered several sentences to make them clearer.
“The beatitudes are the highest peak of perfection to which we are called…the practice of high virtue, what we call beatitudes, are due to the joyful effect they produce in the soul, both now and forever; and because Jesus Christ taught this path of holiness by repeating the word blessed, or happy, to introduce each principle of this method of imitating Him. The list thus constitute a veritable treatise on perfection and define the heroism at which the virtues, the grace and gifts of the Holy Spirit must arrive, in order to make us Saints now and then blessed in paradise.
“Mysticism and the treatises on higher perfection are all about this sublime science of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and of the beatitudes of the Holy Spirit. He who studies in depth and meditates on the science gradually raises himself from the practice of common virtues to that of the higher virtues and of heroism, until he obtains perfect union with God on earth and immortal glory in paradise.
“The exercise of the virtues entails a daily combat, which gives us the satisfaction of victory. The gifts give us a great docility of will, which makes possible the action of the Holy Spirit in us and brings us to the perfection of the virtues, conferring on us greater ease in exercising them more perfectly. The gifts in fact perfect the basic virtues of the Christian life: faith, hope, charity, prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance. The fruits make us conquer the works of the flesh balancing the soul, the body, the faculties, the senses, and giving us in these exercises of virtue a spiritual taste which not only makes the way of holiness easy but delightful. The beatitudes lift us to the heroism of holiness on earth, give the soul the blessedness of loving union with God, and in paradise eternal happiness by means of the perfection of union with God and of enjoyment of God.
“It is it necessary to acknowledge and confess that on the part of Christians, the great ignorance of the action of the Holy Spirit in their souls, is the principal cause for which the spirit of the world prevails in them. Virtue is almost totally neglected; holiness is rare, very rare, even in souls consecrated to God, and the decay of the spirit is general and worrisome. Nature has prevailed in every area and sadly triumphed.
“The energies expended to restore the Christian spirit are sterile, because these consist mostly of propaganda activity, instead of profound transformation and sanctification. Souls are held to more or less artificial rules of the spiritual life, and ignore the sublime rule of the action of the Holy Spirit, the only Person who possesses the great secret of supernatural fruitfulness. It is for this reason that we feel the need to deepen further understanding of the path of the beatitudes, which brings us to the heroism of the virtues and to true perfection and sanctity.”
As we look forward to 2018, and what God is calling us to by nourishing the great Grace of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, there is no more important work than learning all we can about the Spouse of our Mother, by whom the Flame of Love Grace is kindled! Getting a copy of “Come Holy Spirit” by Father Dolindo Ruotolo and meditating with it a few pages every day would be an excellent choice and gift to our Mother and our Lord to fulfill our purpose of imitating them as perfectly as this Signal Grace allows.