Saint Jude

Daily prayer
to St. Jude

O kindSaint-Jude, our faithful intercessor to Jesus, receive the following special intentions : to present them to the Almighty Lord, Root of all good. Above all, grant us an increase of our faith in His love. May each day find us closer in our relationship with our Heavenly Father. KindSaint-Jude, you who has revived hope in our hearts, you whose model merits and life bring us the divine blessings and graces, be our advocate, and lead us to Jesus and Mary. With you, blessed apostle, we give thanks and praise God with all our heart for His innumerable kindnesses. Amen.

The Monthly Note

February 2018

This year, February 14th is Valentine's Day, in civil society, and Ash Wednesday, religiously. May I say that these are two ways of really expressing our love?

On Valentine's Day, we express our love, our attachment, our gratitude to the person who is our first neighbour, the one we call our spouse or our lover. It is important not to forget it and to emphasize it concretely.

On Ash Wednesday we enter into Lent, this privileged time that unites us more intensely to the life, message, murder and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. It is a time where prayer, fasting and sharing concretely emphasize our love of God and of our neighbour.

Whether with our lover or with our neighbour, the other is the person I prefer, that I love. I choose to appreciate the qualities, the talents of the other, while sharing what I am. This love of others creates a beautiful complicity between us and turns our eyes towards a future together.

At the time of writing, these are the funerals of Father Emmett Jones, Pops, the founder of the organization "Dans la rue". This diocesan priest of Montreal loved the young people who live, suffer and survive in the streets. How many young people did he fed, listen to, gave a second chance! For many, he was the figure of a grandfather loving his grandchildren. I will never forget the day I went to visit him at the ‘’Bunker’’. As we entered the room, a girl with a punk necklace around the neck and a wrist with quills, came to Pops for a hug.

It's a bit like what we do with Saint Jude. We go to him, assured that he is sensitive to what we are going through, that he takes our difficulties seriously, that he loves us. In our Oratory, the Praying Team of St. Jude, our Intercessor to the Lord, pray for all those who write to us and entrust us with their intentions. We do it fraternally at the 2h30 pm Mass, every Thursday of St. Jude. You are loved unconditionally, be confident, there is hope!        

Fr. Henri de Longchamp, o.p., Director