Sunday, September 29, 2013

Novena to St. Jude for My Son

St. Florian
St. Brendan
My son is having a crisis of faith.  It is something that is not as uncommon as one might think.  I remember having a similar experience at about his age; he is nineteen.  He is being exposed to all kinds at college.  Even though it is a Catholic college, there are many students there that are not Catholics, and I wonder sometimes if some are even Christian.  He has "friends" at school who are clever and witty with the comebacks on this moral issue or that; they treat him as if he is stupid for being a Christian, a Catholic, a conservative, anti-Choice, and on and on.  My son is intelligent and brave and on some subjects outspoken.  I am very proud of him.  (My son's two patrons in the pictures here)

So, for this crisis, my husband thought we should say a novena to St. Jude for him.

Novena to St. Jude, revised for my son:

Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult cases, of things almost despaired of, Pray for my son, he feels so helpless and alone.

Intercede with God for B------ that He bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of.  Come to his assistance in this great need that he may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all his necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly his present crisis of faith and that he may praise God with you and all the saints forever. 

I promise, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor granted me for my son by God and to always honor you as his special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you.


May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, and loved in all the tabernacles until the end of time.  Amen.

May the most Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised and glorified now and forever. Amen.

St. Jude pray for my son and hear our prayers.  Amen.

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.

Our Father who art in Heaven hallowed by Thy name
Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as
we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

Hail Mary, Full of Grace
the Lord is with thee, 
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
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See you in 8 more days.