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

December 2019

With this message to the friends of Saint Jude, I have tried to present each month of the year as a month suitable for hope.  November gave me some problems, but December, with the Christmas festivities; is a celebration of hope.

      The shepherds who were watching their flocks were the first witnesses to the Good News: «Today a Saviour has been born to you!». Yes, the great joy was for all, but it was to the poorest, the lowest ranking of society, to these shepherds who lived outside society that the angel entrusted the news of the birth of God-among us. They, the poor, more than any other, went to give Him a great welcome!  They could understand the meaning of a newborn lying in the manger:  God that became one of us, in this state of weakness and vulnerability that is a newborn!  It is for them that He came, they understood it.

       It is our turn to receive this overwhelming news.  It is destined to each and every one of us.  We receive in the midst of our poverties: this is where He reaches us, this is where He resides.

      The world as it is did not always welcome Him.  Wars, injustices, threats to the environment so many other evils make us often believe that the message of Christmas does not come across.  Yet, at each Christmas, the joy and peace of the Holiday overwhelms us, we start again to believe in God’s project for a renewed humanity, of a more fraternal world that all of us would share in justice.  The divisions still split us apart, even within our families. Nevertheless, Christmas is the feast of the reconciled human family.  We do our best to announce it.  Solitude is the fate of so many people.
Nevertheless, Christmas is the feast of a presence that no one can take away from us.
Our world seems to be aging.  Nevertheless, Christmas is the feast of a God who is always young and who gives us hope.
Gisèle and Tony join me in wishing you a Christmas that will make hope illuminate your hearts,

Raymond Latour, o.p.
Director of the Saint Jude’s Apostolic Works.