‘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

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Seeking Your Help, St Jude

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.


  1. Anonymous10:12 AM

    My thoughts are with you!!! I hope your prayers come true.

  2. Dear Sweet Keri ~ My hearts aches for the pain I "hear" in the last 2 posts. Just know this...You are in my Prayers. Cling to whatever YOU need to pull you through the darkness. HE knows your heart. That's all that's important. Love, Jo

  3. Praying to St. Jude right along with you.

  4. Praying that your prayers are heard and the obstacles you face are removed, and Daniel is soon home with you.

  5. May God wrap his healing arms around you and carry you through this difficult time. I am lifting you up in prayer Keri. I pray that your prayers are answered soon.

  6. Taking it to the feet of Jesus.

    Oh, dear sister spirit, there is no condemnation here. We are all fumbling towards right living with God--none of us are doing it "right." That's the point--we are all "fallen short of the mark." What matters is that we are reaching for Him, crying out to Him, putting Him before ourselves, living to the best of our ability for His glory, for His pleasure.

    But, Oh, Lord, what are you doing? Please, Lord God, we know your heart for the orphans--please show yourself the mighty Deliverer in these circumstances. For the sake of your Holy Name.



  7. Saying a prayer as well!

  8. You are right Keri. We are ALL children of God. Different denominations are just a human creation. The saints were real people doing great things in His name. We should revere them and follow in their footsteps as they followed in His.

    Prayer for Peace - St. Francis of Assisi

    Lord, make me an instrument of Your Peace,
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    Where there is injury, pardon;
    Where there is doubt, faith;
    Where there is despair, hope;
    Where there is darkness, light;
    Where there is sadness, joy.

    O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
    To be consoled as to console;
    To be understood, as to understand;
    To be loved, as to love;
    For it is in giving that we receive;
    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and
    It is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

  9. Praying right there with you, asking for St. Jude's intervention.

  10. i am praying to St. Judy now, since iam desperatly in need..
    keep praying..


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