Life of St. Jude Thaddeus, Helper in Despaired of Cases : Devotional Exercises and Novena Prayers (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Life of St. Jude Thaddeus, "Helper in Despaired of Cases" Devotional Exercises and Novena Prayers Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is ever new and Vigorous simply because she is what she is, the great Mother of God. Nor will piety towards St. Joseph ever wither away and die being insepar ably connected with the name of Jesus as his foster-father. The name of jude thaddeus, once it is known, should appeal to us for a similar reason, he also being closely allied to Our Blessed Lord by a blood relationship. This singular privilege came to him through St. Anne and St. Joachim, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Being a grand nephew of these two holy souls he is at once a nephew of Joseph and Mary which of course places him in the relationship of cousin to Our Lord Himself. Proximity to Christ is always a valuable asset, yea even an indis pensable one, to a saint, but when it is the nearness of actual relationship to the Saviour of mankind, it becomes apowerful incentive in making man try all the more to endear himself to that saint. St. Jude thaddeus owed his incep tion into the world to Cleophas and Mary of Cleophas, his parents. His mother, Mary of Cleophas, brought him up in a youthhood of piety and innocence, both of which were fostered and augmented by the ever outstanding example of Christ. This example was vouchsafed him even in his boyhood years, for as cousin of the Saviour he must have frequently been in an intimate association with the Saviour of the world. What events made up the life of jude thaddeus up to the time of the call to apostleship are not known, but this much 13 certain, when the divine invitation was extended he not only embraced it, but never for a moment allowed his zeal to abate as an apostle. It was zeal and zeal alone which eventually brought to him the much coveted prize of martyrdom. He was not only an Apostle, but also one of the sacred writers. His work is known as The Epistle of st. Jude. Although only a very brief work of twenty verses, the shortest writing of the New Testament, it is remarkable for the strength and grandeur of its language. Most of its contents are wonderfully well adapted to the time in which we live, for, the heresies and immoralities of the Simonians and the Gnostics are with us even today. It was against these that st. Jude T haddeus directed his writ ings. It seems also that be'was one of the last of the twelve Apostles to die. He infers this when he writes be mind ful of the words which have been spoken before by the Apostles. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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- 26 Jun 2017
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