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 to St. Jude 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 the relics of St. Jude 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.