‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine
O GLORIOUS APOSTLE St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused thee to be forgotten by many, but the true Church honors and invokes thee universally as the Patron of Things Despaired of. Pray for me who am so helpless and alone. Make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege granted to thee by God to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolations and succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, but in particular, that the obstacles that stand in the way of my adoption of Daniel be removed, and that I may praise God with thee and with all the Saints forever and ever. I promise thee, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor and never cease to honor thee as my special and powerful patron, and to do all in my power gratefully to encourage devotion to thee. Amen.
And a Favor: Dear anti-Catholic friends, I know you mean well when you write and urge me not to seek the intercession of saints. I know you are 'concerned for my soul' and such. But I beg you, please do not use times such as these to try to evangelise me. When I am despairing and seeking God's help and I post a prayer to a saint I love, think long and hard about what you are doing before you write to counsel me against it. Would Christ himself use such a time to try to sway me in some issue, or would He simply love me and support me? I believe the latter. I'm sorry to have to write this, but every single time I post something a bit too Catholic, I have a few well-meaning but obviously inappropriate born-again Christians email me or privately comment to me that what I am doing is "wrong" or even "dangerous." Please give me the benefit of the doubt - my faith is hard-won and my beliefs are built on a lifetime of searching and prayer. I do not arbitrarily seek the guidance and help of the Saints. They are my brothers and sisters who have gone before me. Just as our family here can support is in our suffering, so can they. Please, please do not use this time for proselytizing. It only hurts me, which I know is not your intent. Thank you.