San Judas Tadeo celebrates a feast day today, October 28th.
There is a select bunch of us, quite a large group around the world, devotees of this particular saint of the Catholic faith, for whom this is a very important day.
St. Jude Thaddeus is the patron saint of hopeless cases, casos díficiles y desesperados. I know that sounds a little extreme, but when you need something to hold on to, his prayer is quite useful. I especially like his prayer because it always brings a sense of peace, even though you may be going through a tough time. Está muy bonita la oración, like my abuelita says.
On occasion, I go to Saint Victor’s Church in West Hollywood, where they pray a novena to St. Jude every Monday night, and where he has a nice following. I’ve added the prayer they have close to the altar, in the images below.
By the way, did you know that the organization Saint Jude and Saint Jude Research Hospital, which helps kids with cancer, was founded by Danny Thomas? Back when he was starting out in the 1940’s, then a struggling actor, Danny Thomas (Marlo Thomas’ father) was a devout Catholic who used to pray to the saint asking to get a big break in showbiz. He almost gave up on trying to make it in the entertainment business, but made a promise to Saint Jude that if he ever made it big, he would repay him in a way where people would always remember Saint Jude. Mr. Thomas prayed, “help me find a way in life, and I will build you a shrine.” Long story short, he finally did make it big in showbiz, and as he promised, he founded the organization which helps so many families today. “Be thankful for the healthy kids in your life…” as they say in their advertisement. (Little bit of trivia there, my friends.)
So if you’re ever going through a problem or tribulation, or if you just plain need a miracle, don’t hesitate in asking St. Jude Thaddeus to intercede for you and remember to keep the faith. Faith is a wonderful thing.