It’s not every day we get to celebrate the feast of an Apostle! In fact, it only happens a handful of times each year. Today we celebrate the Feast of Saint Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of lost causes. We’ve blogged about why Saint Jude is the patron saint of lost causes before so check it out here: http://blog.thecatholicgiftshop.com/why-is-saint-jude-the-patron-saint-of-lost-causes/
Like we said, St. Jude was one of the Apostles. The foundation of our Catholic Church. His brother was Saint James the Lesser.
uCatholic (amongst other reliable Catholic sources) comments on the scarce details known of Saint Jude saying:
“Jude was the one who asked Jesus at the Last Supper why He would not manifest Himself to the whole world after His resurrection. Little else is known of his life.”
Since we don’t have much to go on for biographical purposes, we thought we’d share a Novena to St. Jude that you can pray today:
Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult cases, of things almost despaired of, Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone.
Intercede with God for me that He bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. 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 –
(make your request here)
– and that I may praise God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor granted me by God and to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you.
If you have a “lost cause” that you’ve given up hope on, say a prayer to St. Jude Thaddeus today. He and God may just help you out when you expect it the least!