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Don’t Mess with St. Jude

by Richard Poe
Thursday, October 11, 2012

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ST. JUDE is the patron saint of lost or desperate causes. You pray to St. Jude when you have nowhere else to turn. You pray to him when you are trying to do the impossible. You pray to him when all the odds are against you. That’s where I am now. That’s why I’m praying to St. Jude.

In the past, I never would have written an article like this. My pride would have prevented me. In the past, I would have prayed first, then decided what to write later. I would have waited for the results of my prayers. If the results pleased me, then yes, I might have written something about them. But if the results displeased me, I would have kept silent.

In effect, I was bargaining with St. Jude. I was trying to make him a deal. “Answer my prayers, and I will give you free publicity,” I was telling the saint. “But, if you don’t answer my prayers, you’ll get nothing from me.”

St. Jude places a special requirement on his devotees. When you pray to him, you are supposed to publish the results. You are supposed to tell people what happened.

It’s natural for people to bargain. But bargaining doesn’t work with St. Jude. He’s not a businessman, and he doesn’t need your business.

What St. Jude requires is loyalty, devotion and obedience, with heavy emphasis on the word obedience. St. Jude places a special requirement on his devotees. When you pray to him, you are supposed to publish the results. You are supposed to tell people what happened. You are supposed to tell them what the saint did for you. There are all sorts of ways to spread the word about St. Jude. You can do it the old-fashioned way, by word of mouth, or you can post messages on the Internet. But, one way or the other, you must spread the word. In so doing, you inspire others to pray to St. Jude. At least that’s the theory.

If I have learned one lesson, after nine years of praying to St. Jude, it is this: You cannot bargain with this saint. You cannot sit in judgment over him. It is not our place to judge whether St. Jude has answered our prayers to our satisfaction. When we pray to St. Jude, we must publish the results, whether we like them or not.

READ ABOUT MY NINE-YEAR JOURNEY WITH ST. JUDE

With this article, I am going one step further. I am announcing my novena to St. Jude in advance, before I have even finished it. This is the fifth day of my novena. There are four days to go. I have no idea how St. Jude will answer my prayers. I have no way of knowing if he will answer them at all. I do not know if my life will be better or worse when this novena is done. I do not know if my path will be clear or whether it will remain hidden from me. But whatever happens, I will announce the results on this blog.

I am praying for a nine-day miracle. I am praying for a turnaround in my fortunes. I am praying that my little publishing company Heraklid Inc. will succeed, and that I will earn enough money from my books to get back on my feet. And I am praying that St. Jude will make crystal clear, by the ninth day of this novena, whether or not he has chosen to grant my petition.

Whatever happens on the ninth day, I will announce it on this blog, even if it seems like bad news. I will trust that St. Jude has his own good reasons for doing what he does, even when I don’t understand his reasons. And I hope and pray that, whatever happens to me and my wife, and to our struggling little company, be it good or ill, that our story may serve to instruct and help others.

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July 5, 2012
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507 Responses to “Don’t Mess with St. Jude”
  1. EM says:

    This is now my 3rd Novena to St Jude. I am praying for my sister and myself for financial Help and to help my sister start her business and get her permit. We both are struggling right now with our finances. We both can’t get a good night sleep. All these terrible images pictures that keep popping into our mind. But, I know St. Jude will come through for my sister and me. That why I am posting this messages a head of time. Because I know my prayers will be answered. That why he’s called the Saint of the Impossible. Thank you St. Jude for answering my prayers. I Love You. EM

  2. EM says:

    I AM ANNOUNCING MY NOVENA TO ST. JUDE IN ADVANCE I AM PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE! A TURNAROUND IN MY FUTURE AND FORTUNES. THIS IS MY 3RD NOVENA 2ND DAYS. I WILL KEEP MY FAITH IN YOU AND KEEP PRAYING UNTIL MY PRAYERS IS ANSWERED. THANK YOU ST. JUDE.

  3. EM says:

    I AM ANNOUNCEING MY NOVENA IN ADVANCE. THIS IS MY 3RD NOVENA AND 2ND DAYS TODAY. I AM PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE IN MY LIFE TO TURNAROUND IN MY FUTURE AND FORTUNES. I WILL HAVE FAITH AND CONTINUE PRAYING TO ST JUDE UNTIL MY PRAYERS IS ANSWERED.

  4. Jane says:

    This is my first time I’m praying to Saint Jude. My fiance has kind of lost his feelings for me due to some misunderstandings. I hope he realises that I’m worth enough to be in his life and comes back to reconciliation. I miss him so much. But there is no one to help me. I’m starting the novena prayer believing St Jude will answer my desperate prayers.

  5. Holly says:

    am new to this lat year when looking for a job i get and many more, i tank him but not how every one did i always remember him and give him thanks .am going again for his favor. thank you go a very long way,i just got up cant sleep i come on line to light a candle for my uncomfortable situation am in right now. again thank you st jude all you done in past

  6. Richard david says:

    My prayers to at Jude has always worked no matter what

  7. EM\ says:

    I am on my 3rd Novena. My prayer has not been answered. But, I will stay faithful to St. Jude and continue praying to him. Until my prayer are answered.

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