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Don Dolindo Ruotolo: "It is the duty of every Catholic to contribute to the salvation of souls."

Fragments by Don Dolindo Ruotolo:

It is the duty of every Catholic to contribute to the salvation of souls

In the Church’s great battle, the inactive souls are more numerous than those who with full and absolute trust in God, are truly dedicated to the good of all. Fear and human respect prevail in a great many Catholics, who are content to camp in the Church, but never move into action […] Yet it is the duty of every Christian to contribute to the salvation of souls; if a sinner experienced rebuke, help, exhortation and is assailed by the insistence of his brothers, it would be more difficult for him to fall into the depths of the abyss. We see, very painfully, the opposite: sinners are left to rot in their deplorable state, and the just are attacked by the hostility and mockery of others. It is a horrible thing!

[From "La Sacra Scrittura", volume V, by Don Dolindo Ruotolo, Apostolato Stampa].


The Infallible secret of the Christian Life and Eternal Salvation

The Church honours with particular veneration the Most Holy Virgin, the masterpiece of creation, the Mother of God, Co-Redemptrix of the human race, Mediatrix of all graces, Mother of all mankind and the Church’s Most Loving Mother […] it is very salutary to make Most Holy Mary known and loved, since deep and ardent devotion towards a Mother so great, is the infallible secret of the Christian life and eternal salvation

[From "Slanci di amore", by Don Dolindo Ruotolo].

Source: Cordialiter Blog, 19th August 2015


Autobiographical notes on Don Dolindo
Father Dolindo Ruotolo, born in Naples, October 6th 1882 – died, in Naples November 19th 1070, was an Italian Catholic priest, a Tertiary Franciscan, venerated as a Servant of God by the Catholic Church. Even in life he was famed for his holiness. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina to the pilgrims from Naples, said of him: “Why do you come here, if you have Don Dolindo in Naples? Go to him, he’s a saint! His biographer Luca Sorrentino portrayed him in this way: “A scribe of the Holy Spirit, Wisdom infused from above, a wonder-worker of no lesser significance than Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, a stigmatic of Christ already in his name, (Dolindo is from “dolore” in Italian, dolour in English),a favoured son of the Virgin, initiated in Wisdom by the Scriptures, a faithful servant who wanted to be the nothing of all nothings in God, and the everything of God in men.” Considered by many to be a master of Neapolitan spirituality in the Catholic Church, he was laid to rest in the Church of ‘San Giuseppe dei Nudi’, where his brother Elio’s tomb is also found. The cause for his canonization is presently in course.

[Translations: Contributor Francesca Romana]