October 28 - Saint Jude Thaddeus

Quick Facts
  • Son of Cleophas, who died a martyr, and Mary who stood at the foot of the Cross, and who annointed Christ's body after death.
  • Brother of Saint James the Lesser.
  • Nephew of Mary and Joseph; blood relative of Jesus Christ, and reported to look a lot like him.
  • May have been a fisherman.
  • Apostle.
  • Writer of canonical letter.
  • Preached in Syria, Mesopotamia, and Persia with Saint Simon.
  • Healer.
  • Exorcist.
  • Could exorcise pagan idols, which caused the demons to flee and the statues to crumble.
  • His patronage of lost or impossible causes traditionally derives from confusion by many early Christians between Jude and Judas; not understanding the difference between the names, they never prayed for Jude's help, and devotion to him became something of a lost cause