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Reflections from the Shrine

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Take Courage, do not be Afraid (Matt 14:27)

Reflections from the Shrine

Shrine OLGAs the disciples of Jesus were making the crossing in the boat at Jesus’ command (Matt 14:22), they were confronted by a violent wind that threw them into a panic (v 24). Battling against the strong waves unsettling their boat and being overwhelmed with fear of drowning in the middle of the sea, Jesus, whom they are yet to recognize, walks on the sea towards them. 


A Novena of Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Reflections from the Shrine

As the season of Lent draws near, the National Shrine of St. Jude is offering us an opportunity to experience the power of forgiveness and reconciliation. We invite you to join us during the Solemn Novena in honor of St. Jude to encounter a merciful God, to experience the healing power of forgiveness and to be strengthened in our desire to be reconciled with one another. 


For you are my hope, O Lord (Psalm 71:5)

Reflections from the Shrine

National Shrine of St. JudeHope in God, even when it seems difficult to muster, has sustained many devotees of St. Jude seeking prayers at the National Shrine of St. Jude. Many devotees of St. Jude have challenging experiences that drive them to the point of hopelessness. As a devotee of St. Jude, Taylor’s family struggled with many hardships, but always kept their faith in God. Taylor and his wife Debbie were laid off from their jobs one month apart. It was a difficult experience to cope with as they sought answers as to why this was happening to them. With a family to care for, Taylor asked God many questions.


Do not forsake me, Oh Lord (Psalm 38:21)

Reflections from the Shrine

National Shrine of St. JudeThe Psalmist describes his suffering in vivid fashion, but he knows fully well that God alone can rescue him. Therefore, he cries out to God pointing out that there is “no health in my bones” (Psalm 38:3). Whatever is the nature of his sickness, it has become life threatening and the chances of complete recovery are diminishing. His condition has affected him emotionally. He is crushed and weeping inconsolably (Psalm 38:8).  Yet he has faith that his hope of healing, comfort and peace is in God. Therefore, he will wait and pray to God to answer him (Psalm 38:15).