St. Jude, Patron Saint of Lost or Desperate Causes

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Today, we remember the life and works of St. Jude, Patron Saint of Lost or Desperate Causes. St. Jude was one of the Apostles of Jesus. He was the son of Cleophas, the sister of the Virgin Mary. He was thus the nephew of Mary and cousin to Jesus Christ. His brother, James the Less, was the first Bishop of Jerusalem and the first apostle to suffer martyrdom.Jude was also called Thaddeus (great hearted one) to distinguish him from Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus. At the Last Supper, he was the one who asked Jesus, "Lord how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself to us and not to the world? (John 14:22-23). Jesus replied to him, "If any one love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and will make our abode with him."He wrote the Epistle (Letter) of Jude in Greek which urged Christians to Be on guard against false teaching and to live by and to propagate the teachings of Jesus and how to encourage non-believers to be converted to Christianity. …