Saint Jude is still my guy
I was raised Catholic, went to a Jesuit primary school and later attended a convent run by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart.
Praying then was a daily ritual filled with sorrow and guilt often asking for forgiveness for the sins I had committed but I have learned to appreciate the gratification, solace and peace that comes from connecting with and trusting in a force much greater than me.
As a young catechism student we learned that Saints are holy virtuous servants of God who are deceased but who led exemplary lives.
In order to be canonized however the Saint must also have performed two miracles, which are considered events not normally attained by human work and thus attributed to the intervention of the divine or supernatural.
At age 18 I was introduced to St Jude, the patron saint of lost causes and miracles, and supposedly the saint to whom one prayed when desperate, in need or in desire of a miracle.
There is special prayer that when recited 9 times a day for nine days and published daily will manifest the desired miracle.
May the sacred heart of Jesus be praised, adored, honored loved and glorified now and forever Amen.
Sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on us.
Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us.
St Therese of the child Jesus pray for us.
St Jude worker of miracles, Patron Saint of impossible cases, please hear my prayer and grant my request.
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While I have since explored many different religions and faiths and learned many different ways to pray and manifest, I am still very fond of St Jude and the notion that his support and guidance is always there in times of need and desperation.