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. The family was behind in their mortgage and struggled with the fear of losing their home. Within this time, Taylor’s health deteriorated; his blood sugar went up and he had to be placed on medication for diabetes. Nothing was going right for Taylor and his family. Whatever effort they made to keep their heads above water and keep themselves afloat sinks right before them. Through it all, Taylor and his family admit that God was the rock that held them together (Psalm 71:3). God was the strength that pushed them to persevere during their difficult times. As Taylor prepares to interview for a new job this month, in a position that he has skills for, he admits that it is his hope in God that has made this possible.

Hope in God does not disappoint (Rom 5:5), rather hope in God has saved many people from depression. It has saved many people from giving up on themselves and on life. When the demand of daily life becomes challenging, turn to God in prayer for strength and courage to weather the storm of hardship that has besieged you. For God is our strength, our fortress (Psalm 71:3) and always answers us in our time of need. When we are burdened with the challenges of daily living, let us remember that God is waiting to help us. God, through Jesus Christ, has guaranteed us of divine help. God himself has asked us to come to him with our burdens and challenges to receive help and deliverance (Matt 11:28). Jesus encourages us to always ask and seek the help of God in our moments of trials and we shall receive help because God will always grants the request of those who seek divine favor (Luke 11:9-10).

At the National Shrine of St. Jude, we are committed to praying with you and hope that through the intercession of St. Jude, we all shall experience divine providence in our lives. Join us in prayer by sending your petitions and Mass requests to the Shrine of St. Jude. We believe that it is only hope in God that shall deliver us (Rom 8:24) from the burdens we bear and the challenges we face.

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

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  • Nydia July 26, 2018 at 8:08 AM

    St. Jude, I offer my most heartfelt gratitude for having interceded on my behalf before our Lord Jesus Christ so that I may find employment and one offered to me. For over a year I had been submitting my resume, filling out applications, going on 1st and 2nd interviews, only to never hear back or to hear the negative that they would not be pursuing my candidacy. I prayed to you St. Jude and asked for your intercession. My faith in God and Jesus, our Lord, is all that I have to help me get through the worries of not finding employment. I prayed to you with that same faith and on June 26th I was offered a job that far exceeded what I hoped for. I can’t say enough how wonderful my God is and I can’t say enough how grateful I am to you St. Jude for bringing my petition to the presence of our Lord and praying to him on my behalf. I made a donation in honor of your blessing and I hope to contribute each month. I hope that all who pray to St. Jude to intercede for them in whatever they hope for, know that God will never leave us and with St. Jude leading the way, your prayers will be answered. Patience and faith is all we need. God bless you all.

  • charmaine May 21, 2017 at 12:01 PM

    Thank you God for prayers answered.

    Dear Saint Jude please help me ?
    Dear Saint Anthony please help me ? 
    Dear Jesus Christ please help me ?
    Dear Holy Spirit please help me ?

    God please be with me tomorrow, Monday, 22 May 2017 at 10h30 when I attend an interview with a recruitment agency for permanent a job ? Please, if it is according THY will, please let the interview go well and direct the recruitment consultant/agency to send my CV to the Printing|Manufacturing Company so I can attend the interview at the Printing|Manufacturing Company

    Please God be with me, guide me and lead me.

    God please help me to secure a good income.

    God please help and direct both of my son’s to secure new jobs/better incomes where they shall both thrive, prosper and be happy.

    God also please help me to increase my faith and to help me to surrender to everything to YOU God….you know what is best for my life and my family.

    Please also help me to secure a new safe/secure lovely and affordable home that will allow me to keep my beloved cats ?

    I pray that thy will is done in my life, and the lives of my son’s KMG and JIG. Thank you

    Thank you God,


  • Jimmy October 22, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Dear St.Jude , Thank you for all answered prayers through your intercession. Once again I ask for your intercession especially as we begin the Solemn Novena to Please help our daughter to turn to God and help her find her self in life to make the right choices with friends and career . I also pray for your intercession to help my wife and I with the burdens we both carry , also financially as well as being able to work and grow our business full time being able to help others in need of help like we are in need . Last I pray that through your intercession , for my family and me to help in all matters. In Jesus name

  • Elizabeth October 22, 2016 at 6:46 AM

    Dear st Jude please hear my prayer . I as to help me in financial problems and also help my childrens to get along with each other to have that love for each as they did when they young.. I also pray for my grandchildrens specialty katiline and Jillian.. help me find them … oh st Jude please hear my prayers .. Amen

  • veronica lopez October 22, 2016 at 5:37 AM

    Dear st jude please i beg of you to help me in my financial problem. I need your help very badly n please cure my tumour on my right side of my head. I ask this in Jesus name amen.

  • Dot October 22, 2016 at 1:19 AM

    Dear St Jude please prayer that I do not lose my house.And help me to get my finances back in order. Thank you for always answering my prayers.

  • Carolyn Gorman October 21, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Go into remission

  • Angela September 29, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Dear Miraculous St.Jude, I turned to you in a moment of desperation and great need and you answered my prayers in the most divine way. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for answering my prayers in my time of great need. You have blessed my family on numerous occasions through praying your novena and I encourage anyone in need to pray this special prayer to you. I will be forever greatful and devoted to you.

  • Nang li July 28, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Dear St Jude, pls kindly pray for Alex that he may have courage n strength to face n overcome the differculties of his business.May God hear n answer him through the intercession of dear St.Jude.Amen.

  • zeny June 25, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Dear st. Jude patron of imposible cases please lead my husband to his right path.pls. let him leave his mistress and back to us.his true family.we are here waiting for his come back.bring him back to us with good attitude towrds others. St. Jude you are my hope i am begging you.please help the name of jesus.amen.

  • Nag April 23, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Pray for my challenge at work and praying for my financial break through

  • Emilie Albina April 16, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    St Jude please pray for me and my loveones protect them and guide them to the rigth paths.please hear my prayers. Amen.thank you StJude.

  • Ann Corro April 16, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    please pray for me tha i could attend the special day of her school next month that it will be held the day during my vacation.. and to my children’s future.. enlighten their mind and to guide them with to the right psyh..this I ask through Christ our Lord with the intercesion of St. Jude..Amen

  • Traci July 7, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    Thank you St. Jude for answering our prayers. We were both unemployed and now have gainful employment. Bless all who pray to St. Jude.

  • Gisele April 5, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    St. Jude, please pray for all who post here. Please pray in a special manner that Anne, the person who posted on April 4, 2015, finds peace and healing. Pray that her grief vanishes and that she finds renewed energy and vitality, that she carries on and makes God and her beloved mother proud ❤️

  • Anne April 4, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    I am mourning the loss of my mother, my best friend, my greatest supporter, my strength, my anchor, the wind beneath my wings, my everything. It hasn’t been a year yet but my sadness and grief have not subsided. I am tired, tired of trying, tired of holding on, tired of failing, tired of disappointment, tired of stagnation, tired of betrayal, tired of crying, tired of grieving, tired of the chaos, tired of it all.

    I am not ungrateful for the numerous blessings in my life but my mother’s death has devastated me and I don’t know how to go on. I really and sincerely want to be with my Mommy.

    Please, I petition for my healing, my actualization, my will to forge on, triumphantly.

  • cella October 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    St. Jude intercede for me with prayers for my daughter. I ask my daughter be a joyous, and healthy woman. That she loves her whole self and accepts herself as she was meant to be.

  • aleli carabeo September 1, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Dear St Jude, thank you very sincerely for answering our prayers when everything looked dark. Thank you, God, for giving us a saint for hopeless cases.Amen.

  • Nicholas Gichuki August 9, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Dear St. Jude, iam under constant threat of my family being evicted for non rent.. pls intercede for me to avoid this eventuality, Amen

  • Mary March 27, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Dar st Jude

    Please make him out the job offer in writing today I beg you amen

  • Mary March 27, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Dar st Jude

    Please make him out the job offer in writing today I beg you amne

  • jenny January 20, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Thank you, Saint Jude, for your intercession. I am stilling struggling with the depression, but through prayer I am managing to get through one day at a time. Thank you, for your intercession. Amen
    I pray for everyone on this blog. I pray that you all find the peace that we all are searching for. I listen to a song by the Christian group Tenth Avenue North called “By Your Side.” The lyrics remind me that God is holding me by His side and His hands are holding me. I suffer from depression and I feel that God has led me to this song and has led me to tell you all about it. Listen to it and be reminded that none of us are alone in our despair, that God is holding each and every one of us by His side. May God bless you all.

  • john smith January 17, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    please st jude you have never let me down yet st jude since my wife died on my silver anaversary and left me with my son and daughter it been hard i miss her so much word canot say she died of brain hemrage with out any warning to me god got an angel that day she alway put others befour herself and was such lovely looking and lovely person but a no shes wahtchig me my son sufers from chmical imbalance and has to have medicaion evry day or he takes a nervos brakdown and a get so lonely and after a hernea op i had blood clots to both my lungs and now on warfrin tablets to thin my blood please st help me you no intenions xx

  • Mary January 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Dear st Jude

    Please help me to do well at work please I beg. You

  • gina January 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    dear st jude, please help my sister and me with are finances and health thank you god bless

  • Suzanne January 12, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Saint Jude I beseech you to bring my request to the altar of our Heavenly Father: Dear Lord, I know I am not worthy, but I ask You to grant us favor in this appeal and allow my husband to come back home. To forgive the prosecutors who tampered and destroyed evidence vindicating him. To work in the hearts of the appellate judges to do what is right in this case. I also humbly ask that my health be restored and remain so. I am so tired….

  • gina January 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Dear St.Jude, please heal my liver .plus keep my kids and grandbaby mom and dad and grandma and whole family safe. thank you

  • Mary McCloy January 11, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Please Help me Saint Jude,for my Burdens are extreme and The illness in our family here at home is life threatening. We are about ready to lose our roof over our heads if we do not receive help. I have posted a wish as a last resort,I have pleaded for help on a site called Wish Upon a Hero,here is the link for anyone who thinks of a way to help. God Bless, Mary McCloy

  • Mary January 11, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Dear st Jude
    Please help me to do well at work

  • robert foster January 11, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    please prayer for finances help god bless me thank you xx

  • Belkys January 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    St. Jude, I thank you for always interceding on my behalf and never being far away. I continue to seek your help with our finances. Only you and the Heavenly Father know of our struggles. Continue to guide us, continue to help us. In Jesus name – Amen

  • Analiza January 11, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Dearest Saint Jude, I am grateful for all the strength you gave me in my life and asking to continued help and support in my daily life & my work. Guide me the correct path in dealing properly with my daily task accordingly. Amen

  • Mrs. A :) January 11, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Dear Saint Jude, I thank you for every intercessions you made in my behalf to God the Father and thank you for always giving me hope & faith in the Lord.

  • john reay January 10, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    St Jude please pray for me and help me to pray i lost my companion and partner of 21years Elaine on the 21st december im struggling to come to come to terms with this her passing was sudden and unexpected i miss her and need peace of mind and healing and for her family her brother and her nieces and nephews and Leah her great niece who is only 4 year old and misses her auntie Elaine so much they were like best friends ,lord hear my prayer

  • Mary January 9, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Dear St, Jude, Patron Saint of Our Family,
    I implore your intercession to grant your blessings on my son, Vincent, who was going through a difficult time in his life, e.g. just had a car accident and also lost his job today. Saint Jude, I implore your graces on Vincent to keep him strong and to pull him through these difficult times. Please let him find a job soon and keep him always in your loving care and protection. Thank you.

  • EG January 6, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Please pray, St. Jude, for all the frustrations, anxieties, and hopes and dreams that I carry in my heart and mind. And please pray for somene dear to me, that he have peace, great health, joy, and happiness. Thank you, St. Jude!

  • Rosario January 5, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Thanku my St. Jude for all the blessings and for hearing us and being by our sides, for ups and downs and for all those wonderfull moments in our lives…..Bendecida

  • DJ January 5, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Dear St. Jude,
    Thank you for all you have done in my life. Please continue to guide and help me, especially with what’s on my mind at this moment. With you and Jesus all things are possible. I believe. Amen.

  • frank pasquini January 5, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Dear St. Jude, I’ve been posting this petition over the course of the fourteen months that son Frank and I, have been unemployed. We are grateful for the unsuccessful interviews we have had but, we do need life supporting employment. Please, may this renewed petition get your attention and at last, positive results. Frank Sr.

  • kathleen January 5, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Dear St.Jude please help Duane”s mother. He is such a wonderful person and loves his mother . She is so sick and currently hospitalized, please help to make her well. Amen

  • linda January 5, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Please pray for me and dave ..going thru so much…please ….so helpless …so hard… especially dave…losing his mom….and our home ….amen.

  • EG January 5, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    St. Jude, my friend, please pray that I don’t fall into the pits of despair over anyone or anything. I’ve been so stressed out lately. My anxiety disorder has kicked up in recent works. I seem to worry and be anxious about so much. Above all, I’m scared of being alone. I worry about my Mom’s health. I’m frustrated too that the man who I’d love a chance with in a relationship probably hasn’t given me a second thought in that regard. He’s much older than me, but we get along well as acquaintances and I’ve not felt this way about anyone in years. He may be moving away soon and I’m crying for (though still holding out hope) that he stays around and that he miraculously opens up his heart and mind to love with me. I’ve been too shy to say anything. I understand that God knows what’s best. I pray that if I can’t be with his man in this life, that the joy of the next in Heaven may see us together. Please, St. Jude (and everyone on this board), please pray that this man opens up to me. I have so much love to give him. Thank you, Jesus, for all of the lessons, blessings, and love that you’ve given me thus far. I look forward to continuing to work hard on behalf of your people.

  • Rose January 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Dear St. Jude please help Mary and Rowen to beat the cancer and help them have courage and hope. Also I ask you for my son, help him to seek help. You have always been there for me in my most troublesome times. I love you

  • Karen Bailey January 5, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Dearest St. Jude, I am asking for prayers, thoughts and Blessings…I need to leave my TOXIC house ……..I am living in contaminated air, the home insurance hasn’t paid , their full claim to us.we lost everything from our fire, lost our health, job, our life & savings. I ask you of you St. Jude to pay it forward…so that others will offer a ray of hope on our Gofundme. page…… Please pray for us….. It has been two years. Thanks Karen & Peter Bailey

  • T January 5, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    St Jude ,intercede for complete healing for my son fom mental illness,I come to you wiyh all the confidence,please ,please he is suffering .I am because i believe that ther is nothing impossible with your intercession.

    Thank you St Jude.

  • blanche January 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Pls I make a mistake an enlargement of prostrat instead of bladder. I have to say that I posted several prayers at St. Jude Shrine. Thank you all for praying and interceding for us what would have we do without the prayers.Thank you Jesus for the shrine of St. Jude thank you St. Jude and all priests and devotees who pray for us. It counts a lot to see sunshine when you are lost. Praise you Jesus. I love you Jesus I praise you Jesus thank you so much our saving Lord.

  • blanche January 4, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    My husband Jean Claude had a blood infection and was admitted to hospital. He has been diagnosed with an enlargement of blader. He hasan appointment witha urologist on 10 Jan. Last Fridaywhen we attended mass at St. Agatha Sysney (my daughter) has a new born baby Liam and we come from Mauritius. At the communion Jesus tells me “I take care of Jean Claude”and imediately a flow of grace make me feel that Jesus heals Jean Claude. I do believe Jesus pls help me to trust you I have told JC what Jesus has said he does not believe so. We are having a healing mass by the Divine Retreat Centre on wenesday 9 jan assure us Lord of the healing that you give him. During this time of difficulty Jesus is always with us and accompany us. We have come closer to God. I realise that I should take care of JC. Blessed Jesus he is such a caring and loving husband.

  • Cm January 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    St. Jude, please help me to move on without f in my life. I am tired of they way things were going and it’s scary being alone, but please help me to heal and do better. Please remove the negative thoughts, help me with this depression and loneliness. Help me with c, that I can help him and we communicate better. Please help me to get my license and that I can stop panicking so much. Help me with L, that I can forgive and move forward. For t and family. For a financial blessing, that I will not owe money to anywhere. For peace of mind and that I can get along with my family, amen.

  • Mary January 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Dear st Jude please make sure my wish comes true, please make sure that I always hit my targets and quarters, please make sure I don’t get any cancellation, no terminations, no orders taken off me and no complaints. Please help me to sell and nett big every day and please help me to sell and nett a website every day. Please make sure I don’t get any cancellations on websites thank you always for your help and support I love you.

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