Faith Reflections

Faith Reflections

St. Jude Faith Reflections are meant to support us as we look to the ways of Christ to inform and inspire how we live our lives, and to celebrate the hope and strength we draw from St. Jude. We continually seek to experience more fully the grace, patience, and guidance of the Holy Spirit through St. Jude’s intercession.

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December 2018Walking on Holy GroundThis issue of Faith Reflections focuses on what it means to walk on holy ground in our lives...
November 2018Faith, by our Living ExampleIn this issue of Faith Reflections, we take inspiration from another saint, Mother Teresa...
October 2018The Gift of St. Jude's HopeThis issue of Faith Reflections explores another gift; the gift of St. Jude's hope...
September 2018The Gifts of the Holy SpiritThis issue explores the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit as they strengthen us in faith and virtue, and inspire our devotion to St. Jude. . .
September 2018Let Go of Fear and Move ForwardThis issue explores the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit as they strengthen us in faith and virtue, and inspire our devotion to St. Jude...
August 2018Friends on the JourneyThis Faith Reflections explores the abundant gifts that are both given and received in our relationship with our multitude of supporters in heaven, especially St. Jude...
August 2018Devotional Prayer Nurtures our Inner ChildThis Faith Reflections explores how devotional prayer connects us to the kind of faith we had as children. . .
July 2018Do we become more youthful in our faith?An important part of our spiritual growth as adults is about recapturing the simplicity, purity, and conviction of our relationship with God from when we were younger. . .
June 2018Confidence in HopeSt. Jude often took great risks for Christ and the Church throughout his life. With each decision, he placed his confidence in God to care for him despite the difficulties facing him. . .
June 2018Do not be afraid, for I am with you.In the Old Testament, we are reminded often that God protects and watches over us. He was with the Israelites as they faced extreme difficulties, and He assured them they would not need to fear. . .
May 2018A Seed of Living Hope“[The Eucharist] spurs us on our journey through history,” Pope John Paul II wrote, “and plants a seed of living hope in our daily commitment to the work before us.”. . .
April 2018Self-reflection and St. JudePrayer is intimately connected to reflection, and vice versa, so the observations we make as we step back and review ourselves are. . .
April 2018The Examined Life: Change Is GoodAn examined life is key to our growth as individuals who make a difference. The Apostles watched Jesus take time to reflect and struggle with the reality of who He was. . .
March 2018The Power of the EucharistToday, the Eucharist continues to bring us together in community, nourishes our personal relationship with God. . .
February 2018Our Lenten OpportunityLent is also the perfect time to invite the Holy Spirit into our hearts to help us see and accept our opportunities for growth. . .
February 2018Lent . . . Sacrifice or Renewal?Lent provides us with a reminder and plenty of weeks to put a unique focus on strengthening our faith in preparation for Easter. . .
January 2018God’s Hand in DevotionThe consistency of our devotional prayer—both the more formal Novena prayer and the prayers of our petitions—creates a valuable habit of connection with God. . .
January 2018Listening to GodWhen we separate ourselves to be with God alone, we can tap into the reservoirs of silence and stillness that help us recognize the mystery of God’s voice within us. . .
November 2017The Generosity of AccompanimentRemembering that we have been gifted with the presence of Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit is a comfort and a strength we can tap into always. . .
November 2017Peace of Mind, Heart, and SpiritGod is a perpetual presence with us and within us. We receive a constant stream of His love and strength. . .
October 2017Following Daunting PathsAs we take the time to be grateful for Christ’s presence within us daily, we find the strength to continue our path. . .
September 2017Hope Above AllThe hope we place in God and in St. Jude’s intercession is ideally always confident in the knowledge and expectation that God stands with us. . .
September 2017Generosity of Spirit: Living from the Inside OutwardThe generosity of spirit in this awareness comes from remembering that God is the creator of all. . .
September 2017Everyday MentoringJesus inspired His Apostles and other disciples to follow His example as they learned from His teachings, and later as they began to build His Church. . .
August 2017Sources of HopeJesus calls His people to be a light to the world. He gave us repeated examples of how we can be a source of hope and encouragement for many others. . .
June 2017Infinite Possibilities Are Born of FaithThe Apostles, including St. Jude, were directed to go forward and carry Jesus’ message of faith and hope to everyone they met. . .
May 2017Miracles — Nothing is impossible for GodJesus’ sweeping miracles were epic in their scale—calming stormy seas with a simple verbal command, walking on water to reach His fearful disciples, and feeding thousands. . .
May 2017A Patient FaithThrough his patient and constant faith, St. Jude learned the true strength that came from working to follow Jesus’ teachings. . .
March 2017Keeping an Open HeartIt is always enlightening and reassuring to go back and read God’s promises and Jesus’ teachings. . .
February 2017Renewing our PromisesThis reflection reminds us of the beginnings of our faith, and how we continue to develop as Catholic adults, working to strengthen our faith. . .
January 2017Love God with all your HeartOur faith calls us to reflect on and renew our commitments to God. This process of continuous conversion affirms the strength of our faith. . .
November 2016The Many Side Effects of GratitudeBeing grateful for both large and small things in our lives that are significant has many side effects—and none of them are negative. . .
September 2016Hope Through ForgivenessThe path of faith we walk can be very difficult, and we all make mistakes navigating our path with its unique twists and bumps. . .
September 2016Forgive Us Our Trespasses“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” This is one of the most challenging directives for us. . .
September 2016Listening for GodEvery day, God gives us opportunities to connect with Him and fill our lives with His grace. He calls to us, and is always ready to guide us as we work to live our lives. . .
August 2016“I am Always with You.”With our faith, we know that humility in fact reflects an inner strength. And we also know we are never truly alone. . .
August 2016Encouragement and HopeSt. Jude opens to us the very essence of courage, helping us to persevere through hardship by inviting us to draw closer to God. . .
July 2016Courage and FaithCourage is an integral part of a life of faith, a component we are reminded of through the life of Christ and the apostles. . .
June 2016The Holy SpiritFor Jesus’s Apostles, the Holy Spirit was also instrumental in helping them form the early Church. . .
June 2016The Wisdom & Power of the Holy SpiritThroughout history, Holy Spirit has guided people on their faith journeys. The Old and the New Testaments give us rich examples. . .
May 2016A Source of Hope for OthersWe can become a reflection of God’s love for others by something as simple as being kind and respectful throughout the day. . .
May 2016Trust in GodTrusting God fills us with the peace of confidence in ourselves and in the course we take through life. Who better could there possibly be. . .
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