We’ve all been there before, in a situation that seems impossible. Whether the pickle is of our own making or not, it doesn’t matter; we’re in a tight spot, and can’t see the way out. We need to turn to help. We need a miracle. Who is the patron saint of lost causes? St. Jude is. These hard cases can be work-related, money problems, family difficulties, an illness, or housing issues; whatever it is, the situation feels impossible. With all the challenges in the world today, perhaps we’ve been feeling these squeezes more frequently. St. Jude is an ancient saint who can help us with our modern problems.
No matter what causes us to feel hopeless, the right answer is always the same. Turn to God and ask for help through prayer. As Catholics, we believe that through prayer we can ask certain saints to intercede, or ask on our behalf, with God. Over the centuries in the history of the Church, some saints have been particularly helpful in solving these impossible cases. Perhaps the most well-known is St. Jude, also known as St. Jude Thaddeus.
Who was St. Jude?
So who was St. Jude? Not much is written about St. Jude in the Bible, but he is mentioned as one of Jesus’ twelve apostles, possibly his cousin. As one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, St. Jude Thaddeus preached the good news of Jesus throughout Galilee, Samaria and Judea. In 37 A.D., he traveled to Mesopotamia which is known today as Iraq. He is believed to have been martyred either in Persia or Syria sometime in 65 A.D. In religious art, he is often shown holding an axe or club which symbolizes the way he was martyred.
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In a tough situation? Pray for help from Saint Jude.
To this day, many devotees visit the site as a sign of respect and admiration. Because of his steadfast faith, St. Jude Thaddeus is invoked as the patron saint of hopeless cases and desperate situations. This tradition has been adhered to over the centuries, and to this day, St. Jude is the who you ask for help when you find yourself with a lost cause. Many miracles have been attributed to St. Jude; where solutions were found for situations that needed impossible answers.
If the world feels extra uncertain these days, or you find yourself in an impossible situation, ask St. Jude to intercede for you. It will give you peace in dealing with your situation, and you may find an answer that you didn’t know was there. St. Jude, pray for us, and protect us!
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