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.  The emotional pain of a strained relationship cuts deeply into the hearts of many people today causing feelings of anger and hatred. We have made choices that have left our loved ones hurting. Someone close to us has made decisions that affected us in a negative way. We are angry, resentful and bitter. Jason, a devotee of St. Jude recounted that some of the choices he has made is hurting his family and has strained his relationship with God. At this point, he feels that he has lost the support of his family. He wants to reclaim the trust that he has enjoyed from his family and the feeling that God is present in his life. There are many people like Jason who feel that happiness and peace of mind that they seek will come about from a true experience of reconciliation and forgiveness.

When the younger son, in the famous story of the prodigal son in the Gospel of Luke, wasted his possessions, he realized the emptiness and the loneliness of his life feeding and sharing the same plate with pigs. Then he resolved to seek reconciliation and forgiveness with his family in order to be whole again. He had made choices that strained his relationship with his family. His choices sent him faraway from home, cutting him off from the support of his family. His absence from home caused his family so much pain and sadness. His father waited with a heavy heart, longing for the day his son will come home. The young son was also hurting from his estrangement from home as he remembered the comfort and peace that life at home provided.  He described his estrangement from home as death. He realized that he had chosen wrongly. The disconnection between father and son adversely affected their lives. The younger son realized that he could reclaim his life by making the journey back home –a journey of reconciliation and forgiveness. The journey home brought healing to him and his father. The fancy clothes, jewelries and the lavish dinner organized for him are outward signs of the inward healing that he and his father experienced. To justify the lavish celebration, his father described the reunion as an experience of dying and coming back to life.

Reconciliation makes us whole again and mends our wounded hearts that are hurting from a strained relationship. God’s love for us endures forever (Psalm 138:8), for God does not hold our sins against us if we but show contrition in spirit (Psalm 51:17). God forgives us because God loves us through Jesus Christ (John 3:16), let us forgive one another and love sincerely. We invite you to join us at the National Shrine of St. Jude for our Novena of forgiveness and reconciliation. Join us to tell stories of healing and to hear stories of reconciliation. For God’s mercy and love is upon those who trust in the immensity of God’s power in their lives (Psalm 33:22).

Fr. Ferdinand Okorie, CMF
Novena Director
National Shrine of St. Jude
Chicago, Illinois

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Comments

  • Darin September 6, 2017 at 10:18 PM

    St Jude please pray for me, I’m in a hopeless situation I’ve tried everything to save my marriage. I started praying St Jude novena five days ago I have faith in god it will be answered

  • Denaice mumbi July 14, 2017 at 7:05 AM

    Saint Jude intersead for me at we may reconsicle with John.

  • Mildred Alverzado July 1, 2017 at 5:17 AM

    St.Jude,please pray for me and my ex,John David the father of my daughter to reconcile and get back together.Help him realized how we love him.How our daughter needs him in her entire life.That he finally realized what he wants and who he needs in his life.Finally,he finds his way back to me and our daughter.Amen!

  • Rose May 17, 2017 at 5:52 AM

    Kindly incede for me that Patrick Mativo may forgive me, that we may be reconciled and our friendship be restored

  • Liuis Delgado May 13, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    
St. Jude,
    I Beg You Intercede Joe me and my wife. Ask the Lord to Reconcile Us and to Lead my Wife, Anna, Back together with me in our Holy Matrimony that we have been in for the last 27 years. Ask Him To Let us live Pius, Meek, Simple and Humble lives togetherer our home, happily serving the Lord our Father as he Wills us to do for his Glory until he calls us to Heaven to be with him, Jesus our Savior and Our Guiding Light the Holy Spirit, along with our Holy Mother Mary and all of the Saints and Angels in Heaven. I Love my Wife and Forgive Her. Thank You for your Prayers.

  • renee nyamamu April 29, 2017 at 8:03 PM

    Novena prayers

  • Nes April 27, 2017 at 7:23 AM

    i invoke your intercession to heal rejection i am facing and bring healing and understanding and reconciliation btn my bookclub friends

  • Graca April 12, 2017 at 5:32 AM

    Dear St. Jude, please help me and my ex boyfriend reconcile.
    Help him realize how much love we have for each other.
    Guide him a way back to me.
    Amen.

  • jhenny March 22, 2017 at 9:59 PM

    St Jude pls help me to forgive my ex bf,, i want a peceful life and i know forgiveness to all the people who hurt me is make may life happy,,

  • Kathy March 4, 2017 at 11:56 PM

    Thank you Saint Jude for prayers answered.
    Amen

  • Erick March 3, 2017 at 2:31 AM

    St. Jude, Please pray for me and my ex, Veronica, to reconcile our differences and work things out.. Amen

  • Kathy February 26, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Please Saint Jude let me and My Son reconcile.
    Amen

  • Kathy February 24, 2017 at 10:19 PM

    St Jude please help my family
    Amen

  • Kathy February 19, 2017 at 11:00 PM

    Please Saint Jude help me and my son reconcile

  • Maria Carmela February 18, 2017 at 9:05 PM

    Please St.Jude heal the rift between me and my husband. And also between his son and him.Please make him realize how much we love him and hiw important he is in my family.And become a family again.Amen

  • Kathy February 17, 2017 at 9:13 PM

    Please Saint Jude bring my son, my granddaughters and myself back together as a family. Please let my son and I forgive each other. Amen

  • Kathy February 12, 2017 at 6:41 PM

    St Jude please help me and my son reconcile. I love him and miss him

  • Kathy February 6, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Please St Jude help me and my son become a family again

  • Kathy February 5, 2017 at 9:51 PM

    St Jude
    Please help my son and I reconcile and forgive each other.
    Please help him realize how much I love him and my granddaughters .

  • Kathy February 5, 2017 at 8:10 PM

    Please St Jude heal the rift between me and Son. Please help us both financially

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