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Labor of Love Bead Necklace
Labor of Love was created from the artists’ spirituality, creativity, and passion for art through her faith. Each piece, unique and having its own individuality, is made by hand, from recycled metal clay. Beads are hand-chosen to reflect colors of healing and spirituality.
On one side of the medal is St Jude, who is the patron saint of impossibility or lost cases. The other side features the serenity prayer. Below is the story of St. Jude and the full version of the serenity prayer.
Story of St. Jude:
During the 1st century, Judah was a common name among Jews, and when Jesus called 12 men to become his apostles, he chose two with the name Judah. Based on the original Greek text this was rendered in Latin as Judas and for many centuries there wasn’t a linguistic separator between Judas Iscariot and Judas Thaddeus.
As a result, early medieval Christians normally did not pray to the apostle Judas Thaddeus, because they were afraid of praying to Judas Iscariot, the traitor! Their fear was so great that Judas Thaddeus became one of the least known apostles.
Eventually, the English language made a slight distinction between the two apostles and gave Judas Thaddeus the name Jude. Additionally, prior to this linguistic distinction, St. Jude’s intercessory power was revealed to various saints.
For example, according to writer Donald Thorman in his book St. Jude: Saint of the Impossible, “In one vision, Our Lord told St. Bridget to turn to St. Jude with a great deal of confidence, for, said the Lord, ‘In accordance with his surname, “Thaddeus,” the amiable, loving, he will show himself most willing to give help.’ In another vision, Christ commanded the Swedish holy woman to dedicate an altar to St. Jude in her church. ‘The fifth altar,’ He said, ‘must be for Thaddeus who with the purity of his heart will undoubtedly conquer the devil.’”
It’s uncertain when St. Jude became associated with hopeless and impossible cases, but what is true is that countless miracles have been attributed to his intercession. His reputation for the impossible is so great, that he is known among a wide variety of Christians for his miraculous intercessory power.
The other side is the serenity prayer. Below is the full version of this prayer from 1930:
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.