When my kids were younger, my husband and I did a lot of faith-at-home practices throughout the year.
Saint Simon and Saint. Jude *sound* familiar, but beyond associating the latter with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, most of us can’t tell you much about either.
I think we need a virtual army of intercessors, led by this patron saint of desperate causes, to help us through our own current “difficult time.”
Saint Simon and Saint Jude are an odd couple; they are a strange pair of saints to observe together. They are not brothers, as some linked saints are. They are not martyrs who died on the same day. They are not saints whose names are linked together again and again in scripture. Instead, it seems that the only reason that they are observed together is that they are the two disciples about whom we know the least.
The disciples would be seen as misfits in tension with the established social norms and hierarchies. Sounds pretty punk rock to me.
Observing feasts and seasons reminds us about what truly matters as we practice faith at home.
The powerful witness of St. Simon and St. Jude inspired a window at Chartres Cathedral – and inspires us today.
St. Jude’s legacy is based on just one spoken question.