St. Jude Novena Site


          May 2004

This month's contributor:

-How did you find out about St. Jude and his novena?
I don't remember exactly how I was drawn to St. Jude because St. Jane Frances de Chantal was my Confirmation saint and thus one of my favorite saints to call upon in times of need. I do remember that I found St. Jude Novena site through a Google search engine query.

-What was the request you prayed for?
I hoped that God would give me at least one area in my life that would feel serene and settled.  I only have a temporary job. Many of my family's appliances have quit suddenly.  We need to find a new place for my  grandmother to live.  My mom has hip problems.  Dad has back problems.   Basically, I have too much on my plate.

-What answers or gifts did you receive and were they different from what you asked for?  I had always hoped to help someone with hearing loss because my grandmother is partially deaf and I have an inner ear condition.  I have always had a love for teenagers.  I found an internet site that publishes materials and provides custom ear plugs for musicians, many  of whom are teenagers. They had a brochure that needed to be translated, and it will printed soon.  The site manager said specifically that the translation was a big help to the organization. Also, I felt compelled to write a poem about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  I have always wanted to contribute to one of the hospital's  publications somehow, since writing is my gift.   I am waiting to find out whether it will be published.

-What kept your faith strong and your hope alive during your waiting process?
I donate to St. Jude Children's Research hospital every Christmas, and I knew if St. Jude could help founder Danny Thomas and many chronically ill children, he could help me.

-What type of praying (example - quiet meditation, deep contemplation, etc.) brought you the most comfort and peace?
I like to find spiritual meaning in music, even though it may not be religious.  I also sometimes read one verse nightly so that I can focus on one tibit rather than speedily reading an entire chapter of the Bible.

-Is there any advice you want to give to others who may be waiting and finding it difficult to stay hopeful?
You might not receive the answers you want, but you will receive meaningful answers that you need. St. Jude will not fail anyone. Also, remember that in order in order for God to take control, you have to relinquish control of the areas about which you pray. It's you're responsibility to pray, but it's God's promise to find a way. He already has plans for you (Jeremiah 29:11). Thank you, Jesus and St. Jude!


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