Prayer for the addicted

“God of life, You made me in Your perfect image, to live in Your love and to give You glory, honour and praise. Open my heart to Your healing power. Come, Lord Jesus, calm my soul just as you whispered “Peace” to the stormy sea.

St Jude, most holy Apostle, in my need I reach out to you. I beg you to intercede for me that I may find strength to overcome my illness. Bless all those who struggle with addiction. Touch them, heal them, reassure them of the Father’s constant love. Remain at my side, St Jude, to chase away all evil temptations, fears, and doubts. May the quiet assurance of your loving presence illuminate the darkness in my heart and bring lasting peace. Amen.”

  • St Jude is the patron saint of impossible causes

Feast of St Bernadette

St Bernadette
St Bernadette

Today is Thursday of the Second Week of Easter, but it is also the Feast of St. Bernadette. Bernadette, Marie-Bernade Soubirous from her real name, received several apparitions of the Immaculate Conception in 1858 in France. The Virgin Mary led her to a water source that is said to have healing powers. A sanctuary has been built at this location and is visited annually by 6 millions pilgrims.


St Bernadette is the patron of bodily ills, illness, Lourdes, people ridiculed for their piety, poverty, shepherdesses, shepherds, sick people and sickness.