Saint Jude Thaddaeus is one of my favorite saints! However, I did not choose him, he chose me. When I was younger I did not feel a strong connection to the angels or saints. I thought it was wonderful that the Catholic Faith had that aspect, but it didn’t seem to impact me the way it did others. Basically, saints were cool, but I didn’t really need them. I think part of the reason why I had this attitude was because the lives of saints seemed perfect and almost unattainable in comparison to mine. What I overlooked was that I was on the same team as these faith Olympian athletes, and St. Jude was one the first saints to introduce me to this notion.
Now I know what you’re thinking, “What do you mean by he chose you? What, did he stop by to ask for a cup of sugar?” Well during the past two years, when I was either going through a rough time or falling away from the faith, his name would pop up in different forms. For example, one day after finally deciding to go to confession and that I would try to turn my life back towards Christ, I opened a hymnal during mass to find a pamphlet containing his novena. In my heart, I knew that this was a message from St. Jude saying that he had been praying for me all along and he was happy that I made those steps to return to the foot of our Lord’s cross.
If you are not as familiar with this saint, I encourage you to read this biography that I found online. I myself learned things about Saint Jude that I had not known previously. For example, he was married before he became one of Christ’s disciples! Upon reading this, as you can imagine, I was shocked; I just assumed that all of the disciples had been unmarried, kind of like priests. I also discovered that after Jesus’ death, Saint Jude spent years traveling all around to preach the good news of Jesus Christ. No wonder Saint Jude chose me! He must have known that I would be able to relate to him. I love to travel and one of biggest dreams is to have family.
Lastly, since Saint Jude is the patron saint of hopeless cases, I thought that he might be a help to those suffering from this week’s tragedies. Below I have provided a short prayer for readers who are interested in asking for his intercession. Thank you Saint Jude for all that you have done.
“O most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, people honor and invoke you universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, for I am so helpless and alone. Please help to bring me visible and speedy assistance. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (state your request) and that I may praise God with you always.”