St. Jude Thaddeus
St. Jude is the patron saint of Hope and Impossible causes and one of Jesus’ original twelve Apostles. He preached the Gospel with great passion, often in the most difficult circumstances. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, he made profound differences in people’s lives as he offered them the Word of God. St. Jude is traditionally depicted carrying the image of Jesus in his hand. This recalls one of his miracles during his work spreading the Word of God. King Abagar of Edessa asked Jesus to cure him of leprosy and sent and artist to bring him a drawing of Jesus. Impressed with Abagar’s great faith, Jesus pressed His face on the cloth, leaving the image of His face on it. He gave the cloth to St. Jude, who took the image to Abagar and cured him. After the death and resurrection of Jesus, St. Jude traveled throughout Mesopotamia, Libya and Persia with St. Simon, preaching and building up the foundation of the early Church. St. Jude died a martyr’s death for his unwavering faith. He is the patron of impossible causes because the scriptural Letter of St. Jude, which he authored, urges Christians to persevere in difficult times. St. Bridget of Sweden was directed to turn to St. Jude. In a vision, Christ told St. Bridget, “in accordance with his surname, Thaddeus, the amiable or loving, he will show himself most willing to give help.” He is the patron of the impossible because the Lord identified him as a saint ready and willing to assist during trials.