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). For God has promised to come to the aid of those who seek divine providence.

Whatever the nature and scale of the circumstances of our lives, God promises to provide us with divine help. In the midst of our busy lives of trying to contain the challenges we face daily, God comes to us ready to help. Remember the painful suffering of the woman with hemorrhages (Mark 5:25). She had spent all that she had in search of cure, but her condition grew worse (Mark 5:26). Jesus was at her path and she summoned courage to reach behind Jesus, touched his cloak and she was immediately cured (Mark 5: 28-29). Likewise, Jesus met a blind man on the path of his life, where he sat begging to eat. Jesus met him at the spot where he was limited by his physical challenge of blindness. And he was ready to meet Jesus as he cried out with all his might seeking healing from Jesus (Luke 18:38). Even as those who were following Jesus tried to stop him, the blind man yelled loudly for the attention of Jesus and got his cure (Luke 18:39).

Jesus comes into our stressful lives and painful struggles bringing us hope and glory. Jesus reaches out and crosses path with us whenever we are at the crossroad of our lives in search of direction towards comfort and peace. And Jesus leads us to the experience of divine grace and glory. God is ready to meet us at the spot where life leaves us afflicted and challenged. God is ready to meet us at the spot where we have literally stopped ourselves from trying to overcome our challenge. God is ready to meet us at that spot where we have given up and where life has left us dispirited and disheartened. Together at the National Shrine of St Jude, we persevere in pray to experience divine help.

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

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  • Joshua April 2, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    It’s laborious to seek out educated people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  • Barbara Caralano September 29, 2016 at 3:08 AM

    Please pray for the impossible wound to heal on my husband’s foot….we need a miracle, please

  • Jill September 28, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    St. Jude please heal my son of cancer. Please make him healthy again. I do believe in Jesus’ name AMEN!!

  • Oriala Onyebuchi Kelvin September 5, 2016 at 2:38 AM

    Saint Jude intercede for me and families, for my promotion in my working place, divine healing for younger sister Vivian, for my marriage ceremony which is to come very soon, upliftment my family, joy,hope, divine grace, divine mercy, divine love, divine blessing for future wife and future children, total blessings for the members of my families, deliveries for the family, bless my work and my business which to come,long life and prosperity. Lord hear our prayer Amen..

  • Esther Danielle Williams June 25, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    St. Jude please help me in prayer that God let me keep from losing my current job, for lord I know you know I have been there a long time, I took the test twice and felled but lord I have 20 years of experience, now I have a chance of being bumped! So I’m asking in Jesus name that you pray for me and I bless me to keep my job don’t let my name be on the list to be fired in Jesus name I pray Amen! So St Jude please pray for me safe my job give me job protection

  • Millie May 15, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Please St. Jude I pray that my stomach problems will be healed and the tests in the next few weeks will show the problem is minor and can be treated.

  • cheryl May 15, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    St. Jude,thank you for faviirs received. Please continue to lead me toward the right job, for the right pay, si that we can move closer to family. Bless me on this leap of faith in taking. Bless my family. Bless my health.Amen

  • M May 15, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    St Jude help me over come my problems at work Give me the energy and strength to carry on Keep My family safe and guide them i say a special prayer for my Grandson help him find work and stop running into debt

  • zeny May 15, 2016 at 12:58 AM

    Dear st. Jude pls. Pray for my husband’s wrong doings specially in terms of me that i and my husband be reunite in jesus Jude heal also my myoma amd the sickness of my parents give us healthy body and mind to accomplish.our also the new leaders of our country. In jesus name amen

  • Susan Sheehy May 14, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    St Jude prayers for my son James remove his addiction and protect and keep him safe!!!

  • Eileen May 14, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Please that my daughter gets a good job she interviewed for

  • Rose May 14, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Please help me keep my current job,that I may receive the help and support to manage and run the facility,take care of our patient’s,their families and staff,and pass the survey w/flying colors.

  • Valerie May 14, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Praying for healing and diliverence from evil

  • Mike May 14, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    St. Jude, Patron Saint of Hope, please pray for me to the Father, and help me through the darkest days of my life. Help me to find hope and a second chance. Pray for me for God’s Mercy and Grace. In Jesus’ Name I pray. AMEN

  • Otusile Theresa Ochanya May 14, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    St Jude Our Patron, Intercede On Behalf Of My Husband Let Him Gain Direction From The Light Of God’s Path. Heal My Elder Sister And Grant Her Peace. Let Me Deliver Like The Hebrew Women In The Bible This I Pray To The Lord Amen. Thank You St Jude And Thank You Heavenly Father For My Prayers Answered.

  • Cd May 1, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Saint jude please
    Help me obtain a raise in my current job so that I may have more than enough to pay off my bills monthly. Please let
    My bf return to me
    And be meek and humble towards my family with an positive outlook for our lives and may we communicate better and better respectful and loving and kind to others even another. Please remove any negative force working against us in Jesus name. Thank you said that Jude for answered prayers.

  • Mary villanueva April 30, 2016 at 1:51 AM

    Saint Jude my son is into some bad drugs and is losing his sanity he is in a drug rehab because he is losing his mind with all these drugs he takes canu please help him with a miracle cause thats what he really needs please help me

  • brigitte March 31, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    plesae ST JUDE intercede for my daughter to get the job she desperately needs to restore her self esteem and to look after her son. It will also be a turning point in her life ot fully come back to mother catholic church

  • ann January 26, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Please st jude pray for the woman in my husband life To be gone so that my husband that God has given me will return to his family be gone woman be gone .thank you st jude.

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