Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Feast of Saint Jude

Today we celebrate the heroic faith and virtue of Saint Jude Thaddeus, one of the original 12 apostles. He went to Mesopotamia, modern Iraq and helped establish many churches along with Saint Thomas.   He was martyred around 65 AD with a club or axe and hence his image is often portrayed holding a club. His remains were brought back to Rome where they remain below Saint Peter's to this day. He is the patron saint of particularly difficult and desperate situations based on his encouraging epistle to the Church that was undergoing perilous times in the first century.
    We just completed a novena to Saint Jude for a specific concern. We keep the candle* of Saint Jude on the table during the 9 days of prayer. This is a quiet reminder of the effectual and righteous prayers being said on our behalf.

  Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.  (Jude 1:24)

St. Jude, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the true Church invokes you universally as the Patron of things despaired of; pray for me, that finally I may receive the consolations and the succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (here make your request), and that I may bless God with the Elect throughout Eternity. Amen.

*Prayer candles can be had at many local supermarkets!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear TJ
i stumbled upon your blog while on the www searching for answers to help me in my journey of renewal/ strengthening of my catholic faith (i am cradle catholic). I love your blog and the insights and information that it has. I have never had to question, nor explain my faith before.. until my husband started going to his church and became born again. United Pentecostal Church Intl who deny the Trinity. As i delve deeper into church history, early church fathers.. i see that the UPCI beliefs were thrown out as heresy.. but of course, heresy was the catholic way of hiding the truth and the real church...and that the catholics destroyed all evidence of this church(es) exisiting in the time of the aspostles. I hope and pray for my husband who is searching for the truth and I pray that we can come together in search of the truth fully loving God and his church. sorry that i have commented on your writing on St.Jude. I pray and ask St.Jude to help me.. sometimes it feels like such a lost cause. Thank you though TJ for your story of reversion to the Catholic church! May God continue to bless you, your family and your ministry. Vinaka (thank you in Fijian)

October 30, 2012 6:19 PM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

Dear anon;
If God could bring me back, He can bring your husband back. I will keep you and he in our prayers. Thank u for your encouraging words about this blog

October 30, 2012 8:01 PM  

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