Born into a Jewish family in Nazareth in the region of Galilee, from Alpheus, the brother of St. Joseph and Mary of Cleophas, who was one of the pious women who according to the Gospel accompanied Jesus to Calvary where the angels announced the Resurrection on Easter Monday. Jude Thaddeus, known as Thaddeus "Thad" which means "gentle, merciful, loving, generous" and "Lebbeo" courageous, was then the royal line of David and cousin of Jesus. St. James, another of the original Apostles was one of his several brothers. St. Jude was married and had a child. References say that his grandchildren lived as late as 95 AD. Almost the same age of the Savior, St. Jude spent his childhood with him. Generous and sensitive soul, good-looking, a smile so sweet and lovely as that of Jesus, Jude was one of the first to receive the call to be one of Jesus 12 Apostles. He followed the call of the Lord, throughout his life without hesitation. The Apostles followed the Jesus in his journey to the Palestinian lands. Together the disciples spent Jesus’ last days before the crucifixion. It was then that one of the Twelve Apostles at the Last Supper asked why he was apparent only to the Apostles and not to the whole world. (John14.22).
It is the only sentence that the gospel shows his enthusiasm for the Word of Jesus, such that he would be known all over the world. According to the Roman Martyrology, the field of apostolic work of Jude was very large: he first evangelized Judea, Mesopotamia and Persia, and finally, brought the light of truth everywhere. He converted many people to Christianity and helped the early creation of the Armenian Church and other places beyond the Roman Empire borders. It was in one of those provinces; around the year 60 AD that St. Jude addressed a letter to recent Christian converts in Eastern churches who were under prosecution. He warned them against those who were spreading false ideas about the early Christian faith. Just as their forefathers had done before them, he promoted perseverance through difficult circumstances. It was hence this inspirational support that led him to become the saint of desperate cases. In Persia, St. Jude was reunited with Simon the Zealot and evangelized the whole region, with miracles and with the doctrine he converted to the faith barbarian nations. Fortune-tellers and sorcerers of the place, worried and envious, incited the people to revolt. Jude and Simon refused to submit to their gods and make sacrifices and were subsequently martyred. Some claimed that they received blows with a stick, others that they were beheaded with a sword or an ax. It is thought that the martyrdom took place the year AD 70 where the Church celebrates the feast day on the day of October 28 their martyrdom. The mortal remains of the two Apostles were later transported from Babylon to Rome and deposited in the chapel of St. Peter Joseph (also known as Penance). Unfortunately, the name of St. Jude Thaddeus is often forgotten or confused with that of the traitor, Judas Iscariot. The Church and the Christian people have been comfortably calling upon his special powers with confidence since the eighteenth century as the patron of hopeless cases, business without remedy, the saint of the impossible. St. Jude’s extraordinary powers are especially experienced during particularly difficult cases. Thousands of people rely every day on his speech and many of their prayers have been answered in a miraculous way, even when the question seemed hopeless.
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