Patron SaintsChristian Addictions Recovery Ministries Society
Feast Day – 28 October
Our beloved St. Jude is patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes. Saint Jude’s attribute is a club. He is also often shown in icons with a flame around his head. This represents his presence at Pentecost, when he received the Holy Spirit with the other apostles. Another common attribute is Jude holding an image of Jesus Christ, known as the Image of Edessa. In some instances, he may be shown with a scroll or a book (the Epistle of Jude) or holding a carpenter’s rule.
St. Bridget of Sweden and St. Bernard had visions from God asking each to accept St. Jude as ‘The Patron Saint of the Impossible’.
“But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. On those who waver, have mercy.” Jude 20-22
Feast Day – 11 August
Our beloved St. Clare was one of the first followers of St. Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition, and wrote their Rule of Life, the first set of monastic guidelines known to have been written by a woman. Following her death, the order she founded was renamed in her honour as the Order of Saint Clare, commonly referred to today as the Poor Clares.
She is patron saint, among other things, of distressed persons. ‘Clare’ means light, and for us, she lights the way through the trials and challenges, which often accompany the decision to follow our Lord.
“We become what we love, and who we love shapes who we become.” St. Clare of Assisi