Captain Virgo (unpacking a shopping bag): “And here’s another Jesus candle.”
Dixie: “That’s not Jesus. That’s Saint Jude!”
Captain Virgo: “Same thing.”
Well, it isn’t the same thing. But close. He’d be one of Jesus’s homeboys.
The candle comes with a prayer.
“Saint Jude, glorious apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, pray for me, that finally I may receive the consolations and the succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly [insert request here], and that I may bless God with the Elect throughout Eternity. Amen.
Saint Jude emphasizes perseverance through difficulty. He’s known as the “Patron Saint of the Impossible,” especially called upon by the sick and desperate.
He’s said to appreciate humility and meekness. He doesn’t dig wastefulness, either. I think of him as a “make do with what you’ve got” saint. It’s common to publish thanks after he provides assistance, and you’ll often find classified ads thanking him for his intercession. His feast day is October 28.
I see most forms of spiritual expression as different manifestations for the same intentions, you know? I don’t think it matters if I have Ganesh or St. Jude or Buddha or Kwan Yin sitting on my desk…oh wait. I do!
The point is connecting with the spiritual energy itself. Doesn’t matter what saint or deity you choose to call upon (in my opinion, anywho). Whomever or however you can access it matters a whole lot less than accessing it, you know?
So yes, I still stock up on prayer candles. And I’m still not Catholic. But I like St. Jude and I like what he stands for: perseverance through difficulty and having faith in miracles. So his candle is often found burning in my Tarot corner.
Do you practice an eclectic spirituality?