St. Jude is the patron saint of hope and of impossible causes. That makes him a good saint for students when they feel overwhelmed by studies and other demands on their time.

I came across this student’s prayer on the website of the National Shrine of St. Jude in Chicago. We were fortunate a couple years ago to have one of the Dominicans from the shrine bring some of his relics to our parish for a novena. It was very inspirational and fascinating. You can request that an intention be prayed for at the shrine via their website.

A Student’s Prayer to St. Jude Thaddeus

St. Jude, stay with me. Though the journey of learning is long and often difficult, your quiet presence gives me courage.

Sustain my trust in myself, my teachers, and fellow students. Help me to let go of my fears and believe in the growth that is happening, even though I may not see it right away.

As I embark again on this mission of study, I ask for the grace to be wise in mind and word, compassionate at heart, and full of energy and zeal as I seek to learn the ways of God’s world and come to understand how my gifts may serve their best purpose.


More Resources

Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus

This Dominican shrine in Chicago has a relic of St. Jude from his arm. This is the largest relic of any Apostle outside of Rome. Their site has lots of information about this saint.

You can also request a prayer from the shrine. At the shrine they keep these and pray for the intentions. When we visited the shrine, we saw all of the prayers which they were praying for that week.

Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude

This beloved saint shares a feast day with St. Simon on October 28. Learn more about these saints.

Pope Benedict reflects on these Apostles

“We consider them together, not only because in the lists of the Twelve they are always mentioned next to one another “






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