You give me Courage (Psalm 23:4)

Reflections from the Shrine

St-Jude-relicWhen Cassandra found out she was going to have a baby, the news excited her entire family. Cassandra and her husband were very grateful that after three years of hopeful prayer to God, they were finally going to be parents. Cassandra and her husband had gone through the emotional pressure of trying to conceive a child. The anxiety they experienced had a huge impact on their marriage. They became indifferent and suspicious toward each other. The level of mistrust in their marriage was almost breaking them apart. But through it all, their faith in God and their courage to not give up hope kept them together.


Do not be afraid; have Faith (Mark 5:36)

Reflections from the Shrine

Many devotees of St. Jude who visit the Shrine have had very serious health scares in their lives. Jenna, a devotee of St. Jude, was breast cancer free for close to five years until a lump in her breast sent her back for a biopsy. She came to the Shrine to pray for healing and strength as the memories of her first battle with breast cancer caused her much anxiety as she awaited the result of her biopsy.


Holy Spirit: Strength for the Weak.

Reflections from the Shrine

National Shrine of St. JudeWitnessing the arrest, trial and death of Jesus generated the fear of death into the followers of Jesus and they went into hiding. They were weakened by fear of having to face the same fate as Jesus. But when they received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, the fear for their lives was replaced with boldness of character because the Holy Spirit gave them ability (Acts 2:4). Onwards, the disciples of Jesus fearlessly proclaimed Jesus as Savior, because the Holy Spirit was with them (Acts 4:20). Empowered by the Holy Spirit, they began to see their relationship with Jesus in a new light. Anyone who has received the Holy Spirit, like the disciples of Jesus, experiences the strength of God that overcomes weakness.


Do you want to be made well (John 5:6)?

Reflections from the Shrine

We are witnessing an outpouring of requests for prayer at the National Shrine of St Jude. Each is filled with hope and trust of divine healing in the life of the petitioner. Talking and listening to devotees visiting the Shrine for prayer, I remember the story of the man who had been ill for thirty-eight years in the Gospel of John 5:1-15.


Great is our God, mighty in Power (Psalm 147:5)

Reflections from the Shrine

National Shrine of St. JudeI met Karla who was visiting the National Shrine of St. Jude to ask for healing and strength as she battles lung cancer. Karla revealed to me that she has been very worried and concerned as she prepares for her treatment. Though her caregiver has assured her that there’re positive signs of complete recovery given the early detection of the disease. Yet Karla wants to surrender her healing to God. She speaks of the healing story of the man in the synagogue with an unclean spirit with hope and confidence in her own healing from lung cancer (Mark 1:21-28).