One of the spiritual wonders of today is the increasing
surge of devotion to St. Jude Thaddeus. Even more
marvellous are the miraculous results of his intercession
with God for his friends on earth. He listens patiently
to trivial requests and he heeds hertening cries
of desperation. St. Jude is especially effective
in solving difficult problems. People usually feel
that God has appointed him as a specialist in hopeless
cases. The favours he obtains from God are an avalanche
of graces poured into the valley of troubled lives.
Often he amazes those in desperate need of God's
favour by his speedy and effectual help.
The early Christians who were converted by St. Jude
in Asia Minor, where he spent his apostolic years
started immediately to pray to him as though he
were still among them. This was a natural consequence,
since they had known and talked to him personally
when he walked among them and performed his wonders
in the Master's name.
Persons in desperate need have come to him, and
as a result of his intercession St. Jude Thaddeus
has become known as the Patron Saint of Difficult
Cases. It is impossible to know all of the miracles
and wonders through the intercession of St. Jude
to the Almighty God.
It was inevitable that the devotion would enter
a new phase, for it had to have some public "clearing
house" to sort out the petitions and channel
the thanks to St. Jude in heaven. This public feature
began some time ago when the St. Jude Apostolate
was established in Yaba, under the special title
of "Patron of Difficult Cases". This enthusiastic
reception given to this public devotion was a singular
demonstration of the private attachment held by
thousands of people in and around centre of Catholicity.