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

November 2019

Each month has its beauties.  November must have his, but few people will admit that it is their favorite!  November is the month of the dead.  Moreover, the living are not up to celebrate it.  The darkness comes earlier in the day, and the cold gives us a taste of winter to come.  A month brings nostalgia or depression.

Luckily, during the Novena to Saint Jude, we have filled ourselves up with hope to enter this gloomier period of the year.  Hope is often associated with light.  Don’t we say: « to see the light and the end of the tunnel»?  November could claim the title of « the month of hope», this strength that makes us overcome difficult periods of our lives, when darkness surrounds us.  We must hold on, persevere even when life doesn’t smile at us and when light is lacking.

The colour of our Saint Jude’s coat is green, The colour green is a mixture of blue, colour associated with depression, and if yellow, colour that reminds us of the brightness of the sun.  The Saint Jude Prayer Team take refuge under this coat, bringing, to those in distress, their support in prayer that is like the offering of a sunray.  Don’t we all navigate between these two primary colours of blue and green?

The end of year liturgy, with its apocalyptic images, wants to remind us that we must gaze at this glimmer of hope that is called to become light like no other.  Let us leave the last word to Tagore, a poet and Nobel Prize winner in literature: « Death is not shutting the light; it is blowing the lamp because dawn has arrived».

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