The economic news just keeps getting worse and worse every day and, frankly, it looks like we are headed right into a deep recession or, God help us, a depression. Lots and lots of folks are going to suffer if things keep up. For many, this will be a time of hunger, joblessness, loss of self-esteem, complete lack of health care, and, yes, people could well die.
I know the causes of this present crisis are many and that much of the blame must be laid at the feet of those of us who were greedy or irresponsible.
However, regardless of why, God is a God of mercy and pardon, and, no matter who is to blame, the innocent and poor should not suffer. To this end, I am beginning a novena starting tomorrow (Oct. 10th) to St. Jude and am asking that others join me in fervent prayer. I found the following prayer in several Catholic resources and books and will be using it; do join me.
First, make the Sign of the Cross and say:
+O God, come to my assistance! O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be…Amen.
Saint Jude, assist us in our present financial worry. Since these difficult financial circumstances have come into our lives, we are in dire want and economic embarrassment, being unable to meet our honest debts. Saint Jude, you know only too well, we are not asking for wealth, if the possession of it is not in accordance with the holy will of God. We beg you only for that immediate assistance which will enable us to meet and satisfy our pressing obligations. We plead with you, dear Jude, to obtain for us the financial assistance we so urgently need in our present troubles.
Lord Jesus Christ, at the intercession of St. Jude, have mercy upon us and grant our request as is best for our lives, spiritual and material, for You are good and love mankind.
Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory be…Amen.