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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.

Related Articles

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Faith is Persistence: Results of my Latest Novena

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My St. Jude Saga Continues

October 16, 2012
An After-Action Report on my St. Jude Novena

October 11, 2012
Don’t Mess with St. Jude

July 5, 2012
My Nine-Year Journey with St. Jude

Comments

565 Responses to “Don’t Mess with St. Jude”
  1. EM says:

    My Novena is not finish yet. But I know My prayers for my sister and I will be answered.

  2. Evelyn says:

    I just want to let others know that Saint Jude does answer your prayers.
    I prayed to him asking him to intercede in my daughter taking her exams, as she previously failed them, well on this occasion Saint Jude did answer this prayer, and today she had her confirmation that she had passed both of the exams/ modules. I have also asked Saint Jude for his help in my husband getting employment, nothing as yet but I am hopeful that Saint Jude will intercede.
    So please put your faith in Saint Jude, and say/pray the 9 day novena, after 9 days start the prayers over again, I am on my second Novena, and I will continue, as I am sure he will help me with these other problems that I need help with.

    Thank You Saint Jude

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Richard david says:

    My prayers to at Jude has always worked no matter what

  9. 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.

  10. EM says:

    Today is my last day on my 3rd Novena. My prayers has not been answered. I will continue praying. I will not give up hope.

  11. Kim says:

    Thank you saint jude! Like always you never failed me. Thank you saint Anthony, saint Rita, mother Mary, and the Lord and Jesus himself! Thank you!

  12. Marie says:

    I started my novena to st Jude after a friend told me about him today. We drowse rarely need a house to plant roots after re location….I have struggled and am struggling with depression

    We need a home and I also need a job after many rejections from numerous job applications I keep on trying and I know one will eventually land in my lap that’s right for me
    I beg that things will change that I can have the strength not to have to go back on anti depressant and we can plant some roots and find our home

  13. FC says:

    Thank you St. Jude for praying for me. My prayer request has been answered with a positive outcome.

  14. EILEEN says:

    I have just finished my 4th Novena to St. Jude. My prayers to St. Jude has not been answered. I know that he will help me and give me what I ask of him. I have faith in St. Jude. Thank you St. Jude for answering my prayers. Amen.
    Eileen

  15. EL says:

    This is my 3rd novena. St Jude has always looked over my family and I. When I struggled at university and at work, I prayed to St Jude and my prayers were answered. By the power of our Lord and through this power novena, He has brought me peace and has guided me through life. Over the last 5 years of my life, I turn to St Jude to provide me with guidance. This time, I pray to St Jude in hopes that He will solve the issues my partner and I are experiencing with our recent house purchase. We have been delayed countless times, and this is the last hurdle. We are unsure and nervous as this is our first big purchase. I pray to St Jude and our Lord to guide us through this, and grant us our prayer. Have faith – it’s the only thing we have.

  16. Mary says:

    Thank you St Jude for prayers answered.

  17. EM says:

    THIS IS NOW MY 5TH NOVENA TO ST JUDE. I AM NOT GIVING UP. I WILL CONTINUAL PRAYING TO ST JUDE UNTIL HE ANSWER MY PRAYERS. I HAVE FAITH THAT HE’LL ANSWER MY PRAYER BEFORE THIS YEAR IS OVER. THANK YOU ST JUDE FOR ANSWERING MY PRAYERS.

  18. Mo says:

    I’m saying thank you to Saint Jude for giving me a teaching job, this August 2020. It was a rare chance miracle indeed. Now I ask for knowledge, understanding and Wisdom to perform my required duties to the fullest, for this job is a spring board to greater things in my life. Saint Jude help me complete my assignments in record time please. Thank you. I will not fail to publish, I promise you.

  19. Katie says:

    I am on my second novena. Recently St. Jude helped me when I was praying to finally find a job after a long period of unemployment. I’m hopeful he’ll help me with a recent health scare.

  20. D says:

    I’ve been praying to St Jude since 2010 and he has always answered my prayer. I profess my devotion to him. I’ll faithfully continue praying.

  21. Linda says:

    I prayed to St Jude I donot feel my prayers have been answered.
    But I keep his prayer on my phone for comfort.

  22. CT says:

    Thanks St. Jude for all your hard work answering all the prayers from those in need. Thank you for looking out after my family. I will continue to be devoted to you, and continue in my noves with you. St. Jude I love you, safe souls.

  23. sherwin madamba says:

    glory and thanksgiving to god! st.jude answer one of my prayer in finance.

  24. EILEEN says:

    I have just finished my 5th Novena to St. Jude today, and I will continue praying to St Jude until my prayers are answered. No matter what. Amen

  25. Gladys says:

    Last year I prayed to St. Jude and before the 9 days were up, I received my blessing but I did not publish it or tell anyone about it. I am now announcing my second Novena, on my 4th day. I am praying for a miracle in my finances due to homelessness.I will continue to pray, believing in his divine intercession.

  26. Gladys says:

    This is my 2nd Novena. I am not Catholic but prayed the Novena last year when I was in desperate need of money for housing. I received my blessing before the end of the nine days. I am publishing my 2nd request for financial turnaround. I am now on day 4, but I will stay faithful to the end.

  27. Daniel S says:

    I’ve prayed to St Jude and my prayers have always been answered. Its amazing. I go to a specific church to pray to a statue of him and do so every Sunday. He has helped me with my business life, personal life, and now with my love life. Whatever I ask of, it’s answered. I also tell everyone about it. I tell my friends and my family. They have started praying as well. Open you heart and accept his help, because it’s real. Give it time though, sometimes like God, he works in mysterious ways!

  28. Olga says:

    I am announcing my novena to St. Jude. I am praying for Charlie’s healing. I am praying that St. Jude will hear my plea and intercede on Charlie’s behalf.

  29. EC says:

    Today is my 6th day of the novena. I know St. Jude will answer my prayers. I put my trust in him and will wait on him until he answers my prayers. My prayer is not short of a miracle. This is my first novena to St. Jude. Please St.Jude patron of those who are desperately in need of a miracle help us who invoke thee.

  30. Aissa says:

    I did the nine day novena and 5 days after I completed it my prayers were answered. Thank you St. Jude my boyfriend is back and we’re going to make our relationship work. The time apart was painful but I’m truly blessed now. I will always have faith.

  31. Carolyn Mihalik says:

    I started saying the Saint Jude novena on Thursday evening. By Friday evening I already saw an improvement in my life and practically every day since then. Thank you Saint Jude!

  32. Ng says:

    Saint Jude Thaddeus please remove this lump from my right breast without surgery .I will testify

  33. Thank you St Jude for answering my prayer. Please answer my prayer, I promise to be ever mindful of this great favor and gratefully encourage devotion to you

  34. CCB says:

    I’m posting my prayer request before I say St. Jude’s Novena with confidence that my prayers will be heard. Please grant me the favor of retiring by the end of year and still bring in the same income from another source. Thank you St. Jude for hearing my prayers!

  35. Michele says:

    First time praying to saint Jude for reconciliation with my husband on my 7th day of novena prayer.all and can do is belie very I’m really desperate, I really miss him
    Him…

  36. Michele says:

    First times praying to saint Jude for reconciliation with my husband on my 7th day of novena prayer.all and can do is belie very I’m really desperate, I really miss him
    Him…i believe saint Jude will bring him back home.thank you saint Jude in advance.

  37. Vera Kanyi says:

    Thanks St Jude for always answering my prayers,my parrot I promise to be always faithful

  38. Vera Kanyi says:

    Thanks St Jude Thaddeus for answering my urgent financial request

  39. Pauline Thomson says:

    Thank you St.Jude for taking such good care of my husband Larry and answering our prayer. He is in a better place now. Iwill always pray to you.

  40. MN says:

    This is my first time praying the novena to St. Jude. I am still hopeful and waiting for my prayers to be answered. I have faith and will continue praying and wait for my prayers to be answered. I promise to be ever mindful of this great favor and to always honor you as my most special and powerful patron and I will encourage devotion to you St. Jude

  41. HV says:

    Thank you Saint Jude for listening to my prayers, and helping me grow I’m faith. I’m on My second Novena , and ask St.Jude to pray for me and my intentions of helping my son.

  42. JB says:

    I am posting about my petition to Saint Jude in advance. Saint Jude intercede on my behalf. Bring my ex-boyfriend back to me. I know that I have done some things in the past to hurt him. Saint Jude please intercede on my behalf and ask God to bring him back and heal our broken relationship. I will be starting my nine day novena to Saint Jude tomorrow. Saint Jude, I know you will answer my prayers. Thank you for helping me and loving me. Thank you God!

  43. Rosita Minz says:

    St Jude I trust in you that you always hear our prayers. I am praying to St Jude for my daughters. For their employmènt and marriage. I have faith that he willl definitely help me in this hour of great need. Blessed be the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Blessed be the Immaculate heart of Mary, Blessed be St Jude Thaddeus in all the world and for all eternity.

  44. Trish says:

    This is my third night of prayer to St Jude. I am Catholic, haven’t attended church in years however, have faith in the Lord God in Heaven. I pray to St Jude to heal Beatrice of her lung cancer and remain cancer free. Any sign will take some time as she is in treatment. I ask and pray to the Lord God in Heaven, the healing hands of His son Jesus Christ, The most holiness of Mother’s.. The Mother of God-Mary in help of assistance with this miracle. I pray to you, St. Jude, to intercede and cute this woman. I will continue to pray and spread your name to all. I will publish as I am supposed to do. St. Jude.. I pray to you for healing and a miracle.

  45. Ashton says:

    I have been praying to St Jude, and even though my prayer hasn’t been answered yet I know that it will be. St Jude has never let me down, and neither has any other Saint I have prayed to.

    So this is my thank you in advance to St Jude. Thank you for granting what is best for me, and always encouraging me to better myself. I am filled with gratitude.

  46. Rose k. says:

    Thank you St. Jude for walking with me, this is my 6th day in prayer. My request is for St. Jude to intercede for me to get a gainful employment, I have been jobless for 7months. Thank you St. Jude for answering my prayers so far and answering me my prayer for a job. Amen

  47. Rose k. says:

    Thank you St. Jude for answering to me. My request is for St. Jude to intercede for me to get a gainful employment, I have been jobless for 7months. Thank you St. Jude for answering my prayers so far and answering me my prayer for a job. Amen

  48. Coco says:

    I’m on my 2nd day of my 2nd novena, I still have faith that St. Jude will answer my prayers. Thank you St. Jude.

  49. Ran says:

    HiHi

    I am on my 9th day today. I know that my prayers will soon be answered.
    Will keep praying till it does.
    Thank you St Jude

  50. Melissa says:

    I believe in St Jude and YES he answers prayers. Thank you St Jude.
    When I was 18yrs I needed a job and did the novena, I was granted a job and I know without a doubt that the prayer had worked.
    Twenty Five years later I believe I need this prayer, St Jude please answer my prayer once more.

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