Why do you confuse yourselves by worrying? Leave the care of your affairs to me and everything will be peaceful. –NOVENA OF SURRENDER TO THE WILL OF GOD
What is filial trust? How does someone grow in filial trust? What does it mean to surrender to God? Are there parts of your life where you resist giving up control?
2734 Filial trust is tested – it proves itself – in tribulation.22 The principal difficulty concerns the prayer of petition, for oneself or for others in intercession. Some even stop praying because they think their petition is not heard. Here two questions should be asked: Why do we think our petition has not been heard? How is our prayer heard, how is it “efficacious”?
Take a journey with Dr. Tom Curran on a path to growing in filial trust! Anxious about getting the Curran house ready for sale, Tom reflects on the church’s teaching on Filial Trust and begins to pray the Novena of Surrender to the Will of God. You won’t believe what happens next! In this 4-part series, Tom gives an honest testimony of the trials that begin to unfold in his life, testing his commitment to “surrender everything to the will of God.”
O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! –NOVENA OF SURRENDER TO THE WILL OF GOD, Authored by Father Don Dolindo Ruotolo
Part 1: To begin, Dr. Tom Curran teaches about filial trust; as referenced in, the Catechism of the Catholic Church. [CCC: 2734] Next, Tom shares his testimony of praying the Novena of Surrender to the Will of God, authored by Father Don Dolindo Ruotolo.
Surrender doesn’t say: I give up or I quit. Surrender says: I give over and I entrust. -Tom
Part 2: Tom Curran continues to explore the Church’s teaching on Filial Trust, in the section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church titled the “Battle of Prayer.” Then, he gives practical examples from his weekend of experiencing diversion, distraction and dispersion from praying ‘Jesus take over.’
We may find ourselves zoning out during prayer! It takes spiritual strength to NOT JUST SAY the prayers, but to ATTEND to the words. –Tom
Part 3: The Currans get a visit from Joseph, Moses and a Fisher-Man! First, Tom Curran gives an honest testimony about attempting to live out the prayer: “Jesus, I surrender, take care of everything.” Second, he continues to explore the Church’s teaching on Filial Trust, and shares the story about the three men God sent to ‘take care’ of Tom’s problem!
We can read about Filial Trust and pray “Jesus, take over,” with fervor, authenticity and sincerity; but, that doesn’t mean we will immediately and magically be transformed. -Tom
Part 4: Once again, recent events have Tom Curran praying “Jesus, I Surrender!” In the first part of today’s podcast, Tom gives an update on his broken water heater and makes a correlation between the concept of filial trust and the classic film, Field of Dreams. To conclude, he takes a journey through 50 years of theological research, unfolding five theological themes leading up to the church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy message.
Today is your ‘Field of Dreams’ moment! “If you build it, they will come!” Will you trust in God, or sign-away your call, in fear of, losing everything? -Tom