Hi everyone! In the past, I haven’t been that religious. It doesn’t mean I don’t believe or have faith in God or Jesus Christ because I do and I always will. Lately, there’s been days when I feel sad for no reason. To be honest, listening to a lot of music helps brighten my day. The love and support I have here and from my loved ones is very much appreciated. I think the sadness has a lot to do with work and the car accident I was in three weeks ago. I try not to think about it too much but I can’t help it sometimes. I know things will eventually get better. I’m trying to make that happen everyday. I feel somewhat disappointed things aren’t going the way I want them to go at work and other areas in my life.
Since 80 percent of El Paso’s population is Catholic, several of my friends and customers tell me to pray to St. Jude because he helps those who want to prosper in life. According to the National Shrine of St. Jude web site, St. Jude is the patron saint of hope and impossible causes. He was one of Jesus’ original 12 Apostles. If you’re interested in more of his story, you can read about it here.A former co-worker says she prayed to him constantly for weeks when things weren’t going right for her. She eventually left the company I work for to pursue the career of her dreams. Another co-worker told me her husband constantly prayed to St. Jude for blessings.
Like I said in a post on Tuesday, I’m already grateful for what I have. I would just like more of a push in the right direction. Those who pray to St. Jude sometimes pray a Novena to St. Jude for nine days. I’m including the prayer below in case anyone is interested in reading and/or participating in it. I’m sure these prayers can be said whether or not you’re Catholic. The National Shrine of St. Jude web site says your prayer can be as simple as “St. Jude, pray for us” or “Thank you St. Jude.” Here is a longer prayer to St. Jude below:
PRAYER TO ST. JUDE
Most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant
and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and
invokes you universally as the patron of hope.
Please intercede on my behalf. Make use of that
particular privilege given to you to bring
hope, comfort, and help where they are needed most.
Come to my assistance in this great
need that I may receive the consolation
and help of heaven as I work with my
challenges, particularly (make your request here)
I praise God with you and all the saints forever.
I promise, blessed St. Jude, to be ever
mindful of this great favor, to always
honor you as my special and powerful patron
and to gratefully encourage devotion to you. Amen.
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