Sunday, August 18, 2013

221. St. Jude Thaddeus: Patron of Difficult or Hopeless Cases by Donald J. Thorman

Sunday Christian Book Review



St. Jude Thaddeus: Patron of Difficult or Hopeless Cases by Donald J. Thorman.

Rating: (3/5)

Out of Print

November, 1958, 1979, Claretian Publications, 32 pgs
Nihil Obstat, Imprimatur

Age: 18+

Purchased from a garage sale.

I picked this up because I knew nothing about St. Jude and it served its purpose.  Not exactly exciting reading material but informative, though slightly naive and apologetic.  It seems to be coming from a point of view in time when praying to the saints was either frowned upon or not understood properly so it spends quite some time explaining exactly why and how Catholics do and should pray to the Saints.  We get the history of St. Jude, he was one of the Apostles, and some stories about him.  Then after the already mentioned discussion on saints, it discusses personal devotion to a saint and then why one would choose St. Jude.  Then it speaks of the National Shrine to St. Jude in Chicago and finally ends with a common prayer to St. Jude.  I'm a more informed person for having read it and I was lucky enough to find a lovely old prayer card inside the booklet as well which has the same prayer on it!

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