Feeling Depressed and Hopeless? Turn To Saint Jude!

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is the host of The Gary Zimak Show podcast on Breadbox Media

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak discusses his devotion to Saint Jude

One of the blessings granted to me by the Lord is the opportunity to encounter many people who are suffering. While this hardly sounds like a blessing, I consider it an honor because I’m able to share His “Good News” and bring some peace into their lives. Jesus told us repeatedly that we can experience His peace even in the midst of extreme suffering and trials. We often get so battered and worn, however, that we lose sight of this message. When this happens, it’s important to reach out to others and ask them to carry us in prayer. As Catholics, we are blessed by our belief in the Communion of Saints. As a result we can also turn to the saints in heaven and ask them to intercede for us. Throughout the years, St. Jude the Apostle has become known as the patron saint of hopeless causes. Many of you will read this and immediately reply, “that’s me”! If you are tired, weary, depressed and feeling hopeless, I invite you to pray the following prayer. I found it in a Saint Jude prayer booklet and thought it may prove helpful. If you are reading this post, rest assured that you will be in my daily prayers as well. Don’t give up…things WILL get better!

Prayer To St. Jude For The Depressed
St. Jude, friend to those in need, I am weary from grief and anxiety. I am often without joy, without hope, struggling through the dark night of the soul. I turn to you in prayer. Take away this emptiness and the pain of my broken heart. In your compassion, wipe away my tears and carry me to a place of peace. Too long have I been blind to the goodness of God?s world. Help me to take my life one day at a time, one moment at a time, and to be aware of God?s love for me always. Heal me. I yearn to feel, to bathe in light and joy. Envelop me in brightness, and do not hold back. And I promise, if you should see me fit to receive these gifts, I will share them always. Amen.

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59 Responses to Feeling Depressed and Hopeless? Turn To Saint Jude!

  1. Marie Espino says:

    I can never read and say enough prayers to St. Jude. I am very thankful to him. He is full of miracles. http://mcanetworkacademy.com/mariee/prayer-to-st-jude-desperate

  2. Renee says:

    Please pray with me to St Jude That my anxiety/depression will get better.
    We starded the Novena to St Jude today. We were married on Oct.28,1961.
    He is very special to us.
    Thank you for your prayers.

  3. Bianca says:

    I’m pregnant with my second child, and even tho I’ve been prescribed anti-anxiety meds I haven’t taken them. I’ve been suffering from a lot of anxiety these past few months, my chest feels heavy, I feel like i don’t get enough air, doctors have told me that it’s just my hormones. I’ve been prayer to at Jude for a bit now, I even light a candle with his picture on it almost every week after the candle runs out. Please keep me in your prayer for I am desperate to have a peaceful pregnancy and enjoy the child that is growing in me.

  4. mark says:

    Thank you St. Jude, my patron saint, for giving me hope in cases where I had no one to turn to. I am grateful for your powerful intercession in times of my greatest despair. I can never thank you enough for all your help. St. Jude faithful apostle and servant of Jesus, my Saviour, please continue to pray for me.

    Pray to St. Jude, he can help you even in the most difficult and impossible circumstances.

  5. Donna says:

    I plead with everyone to please remember my daughter who suffers terribly from bipolar that st. Jude will intercede for us and asked our dear Lord to cure her this horrible disease. She has suffered since she was a small child. she is now 42 years old and still suffering. I ask all for your prayers. in Jesus name I pray. thank you

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Please dear Saint Jude you have always interceded for me for so many things, once again i am suffering with anxiety and feel so desperate , Please this horrible feeling is filling me full of fear once again, please please help me in Jesus name.
    i will pray for everyone here suffering. i am so sorry.

  7. Nellie says:

    Please pray for me that my anxiety and depression and thoughts of hopelessness will get better. I need a good night sleep. St. Jude pray for me.

  8. Lino says:

    I am suffering from major depression. I don’t feel like living anymore because I lost hope I can’t feel any positive in my life please pray for me I want to live life in a positive way I ask for God to spare me some mercyt

  9. nicona says:

    Dear god im praying and crying out to please help me I been suffering from depression and anxiety attack and my chest pain been hurting me for so long god put your hands on my body and heal every sickness and diseases thats among me o God I will not fight it and I will not fear it because I no it will fade away in the nameof Jesus Christ I pray amen heal and strengthen my health lord because im sick please make my sicknesses and diseases go away and make me well I pray amen

  10. nicole says:

    St jude, I come too you as a sinner and I ask u to please help me in this time of great heartache. I have found my partner is cheating in our relationship and I don’t know what too do. Please help ease this heartache I feel. I will continue to do my best work for the priest on earth. All I do with a clean heart . I just feel so heart broken. Please help me.

    • C says:

      Have faith in God. We can’t always change people but we can build upon on bond with God. My wife suddenly stopped loving me. I thought I could change things but I’ve failed. Instead, I’m trying to better myself and my relationship with God, it’s all I can do. I wish you love and peace.

  11. Christine says:

    I have been dealing with anxiety, panic, and depression for a very long time. I have two small children and it’s been a rough road. I have a lot of physical symptoms related to my anxiety, but they cause my fears to become heightened. I am barely functioning and keeping up with daily life. I feel robbed of all the joy in my life. I’m missing my kids grow up. I want more than anything to become whole in Jesus Christ and raise my family. Please pray for me and my relationship with Jesus and I will pray for all of you.

  12. Marie says:

    Please St. Jude, my husband, children and in laws are all separated from the Church. Pray for them.
    Please heal Katie. Please heal me as I suffer from terrible depression.

  13. Brendan says:

    Please St Jude I ask for your help in my life as I am so lost and depressed. I am sorry that I have not spoken to you in a long time as you have always been there for me. Please help me fight through this hard time so that I finally can be the best person for those around me who suffer for me and love me. Thank you for everything and may you bless everyone who is in need. I pray for them as well. Please do not give up hope.

  14. Gail says:

    I’m deeply depressed. I don’t have any hope. One day follows another, but they’re all the same. I feel so alone. I’m close to giving up. Please pray for me. St. Jude has always been my special friend.

  15. Karen says:

    Please keep Adam in your prayers and help him find the light from the dark.






    • Emma says:

      Please pray with me to St.Jude to intercede for us.am suffering from severe depression.at times I feel like am at the end.feeling lonely and hopelessness.I need peace and joy in my family.

  16. Mary says:

    Dear St Jude ;i have never asked your help befor and this is the first time that i know about your great help for people who ask your intersession , i need your help please im tiered & despered and hopless so please i put my tow daughters in your hands thank your and Glorybe to our Lord Jessus Christ Amen.

  17. Mard says:

    Please , St Jude come to my assistance in helping me with my depression and give me at least one grandchild. Forgive me for my sins and intercede to all others who have asked you for your help. Thank you and glory to you everyday.

  18. Tracy says:

    Dear St. Jude, please help me. I am in a state of despair and desperately need your intercession and consolation.
    Please, please give me strength in this difficult situation. I am crying out to you and begging for a breakthrough. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

  19. Lydia says:

    Dear St. Jude, please intercede for me. I have severe anxiety, panic attacks, depression since a young age of 13.
    I am now 25, and I have been struggling to keep up with a normal life. Sometimes, my anxiety affects me so much I can’t leave house to school or work.
    Recently, I lost my Boyfriend to another girl. My depression only got worst to a point of where I didn’t want to live.
    Dear St. Jude, please pray for me. Please let the demons and evil thoughts inside me to be banished in the name of Jesus.
    Please intercede for me to get rid of all my endless anxiety.
    Your loving Catholic Daughter,

  20. anthony kiu says:

    please pray for my obstacles and my depression.

  21. annie says:

    For my fast recovery of depression of my son deanmark pelayo i wish and pray he well be ok and have peace of mind and loveng lifetime familly ever and wish here goid life i need youre miracle tonigth. For deanmark sky pelayo foe he depression and pece of mind amen

  22. Sunny says:

    Dear St. Jude,

    Please pray to take away this feeling of hopelessness, anxiety & depression. I wish to feel normal again. All of life’s problems weigh Heavy not my heart. I have a beautiful family and 3 kids. I wish to get healed of the darkness in me so I can be the best I can be. I am tired of it all and fear that it will only get worse and lead to the unthinkable. St. Jude I need your prayer, I need to feel you in my life. All hope feels lost, please help me. I promise to pray for all those who need it. Amen

  23. Steve says:

    I’ve struggled on and off with clinical depression for almost 50 years. Despite this God has led me to many blessings in my life and in my family and in my profession. Yet when darkness returns, it is as if I don’t even have the energy to pray. The darkness encircles me and I see no future. Death seems to beckon me. QTherefore, of your compassion, I ask you to pray for me and to you St Jude, deliver me from the snare of the enemy and being me ever closer to my Lord where my soul may be healed. Thank you. Steve

  24. Charmaine says:

    Dear Saint Jude,please intecede on behalf of my daughter.She lost her job and has two kids to support.She is suffering with heavy depression.Please don’t let the enemy take control of her life.Amen.

  25. Victoria says:

    Saint Jude please prayer for me for financial blessing n for healing of hopeless and fear please help me

  26. St. Jude please pray for me. I am so lonely. I struggle with depression, and anxiety. I need your help and prayer for my health, eyes, family, financial help. I need a break through in my life now. I need good friend good people in my life.
    Please remove right now the wrong people in my life now.

  27. Eve says:

    St. Jude, please come to my assistance. I have fought for so long, I feel I don’the have the will to keep on living. I am so depressed and feeling so alone, hopeless and desperate. I have suffered so much in order to have a child of my one, and I am now 40 and still childless. Please St. Jude, help me bear a child.

  28. CV says:

    If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believeth. Mark 9:23

    The Lord God will surely hear your prayers through the powerful intercession of our glorious Apostle, Saint Jude Thaddaeus, patron of the desperate cases. The good Apostle, Saint Jude Thaddeus, became gloriously renown as the most powerful Patron Saint of Desperate Cases because he was eclipsed for centuries in history. Sadly, for ages he was forgotten despite being a faithful servant and friend of Jesus. God praised and rewarded Saint Jude with an uncanny power to help the desperate, to assist those during impossible situations.

    Thank you, Saint Jude, for your immediate assistance and intercession- I am in complete awe over your rapid response and aide, and I am humbled by your exactness and timeliness to meet my needs. You have never failed me during times of trial and tribulation, and words cannot articulate how grateful I am- You have assisted me with both trivial and demonstrative prayers. I truly believed you have even performed miracles for me. Thank you for answering my prayers, God. Thank you for interceding on my behalf, Saint Jude. I will encourage devotion to you always.

  29. cary says:

    St. Jude. please pray for me. I am so very depressed. Our house burned down five months ago and we lost everything. We have been living in a hotel since then. We are living on a day to day existence and I have become very depressed. I feel as if God has forgotten us. To make matters worse, my oldest daughter has stopped speaking to me and my two other children have lost their faith. I am at the end of my wits. Please St. Jude pray for us.

  30. Mard says:

    Please St Jude help me with my depression and help all others suffering on this site. You’re the patron saint of desperate situations and this is one. I do not want to be a burden to my family. Please help me. Thank you, St Jude.

  31. Cathie anastas says:

    The depressive,dark thoughts are seeping in, leaving me feeling very edgy. I am praying that God will literally lift this darkness from me; I so long for His peace & Joy! It MUST be within reach; please St Jude, I ask for your intercession. I will continue to sing God’s praises and to be mindful of all His blessings. St Jude, hear my cries; lay them at the feet of Jesus and ask Him to also bring my pleas to Good.

  32. Marilyn says:

    Blessed St. Jude, please come to our aid. Please help my husband to find work soon. Please help us as we fight against depression. Our burdens are many. Please help us to not succumb to anger or depression from the injustices and unkindness of this community, especially when our children are hurt or dismissed as somehow less worthy than others. Please, St. Jude, in your kindness and mercy lighten our load. We have had such trouble for so many years. We are weary both in spirit and in body. Amen.

    • RG says:

      I have prayed for you and your family Marilyn. I pray you and your family get your big break soon. I pray that others will show your children and you and your husband kindness. In Jesus name I pray.

  33. Anna PUZINO says:

    Please pray for my daughter Gabriella, she is very sad and depressed and Lonely. She lives in Seattle and after a a trip to Vancouver her significant other that she shared a home with and sold everything because she trusted that her relationship was strong enough to survive. She is 31 years and was cheated on by her First husband and now is being told her boyfriend has been seeing someone else. She’s devistated. Please SAINT Jude help her.

  34. Charlotte says:

    Please St Jude, intercede for my daughter who is having migraines

  35. Shaun Smith says:

    I have just finished a nine day Novena to St. Jude. I am in a desperate situation. I am unemployed and already one month behind on the rent. The next rent is die next Thurday, 20th and I still don’t have the money to pay it. I am praying to St. Jude, Our Mother of Perpetual Succour, The Child of Prague, St. Rita, St. Therese for help. Things are becoming desperate and I believe I will be homeless if I can’t find a way to pay my outstanding debt. Lord Jesus please have mercy on me.

  36. Candy says:

    Just like with every other prayer we have to have faith in it. Saint Jude is a miracle worker I am living testimony of that to all those who have are going through their trying times remember the Bible says many are the afflictions of the children of the lord but the lord God himself delivereth them out of all of them so do not worry or have little faith for the lord is with you always he said we must not lose hope and we must never lower our expectations for nothing is beyond his reach.

    No matter how hard things are rightnow continue to pray the novena and continue to praise the lord and surely goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life.

  37. Alexia says:

    Please St.Jude help me. I am feeling very hopeless right now. I am scared, nervous, anxious,worried constantly about my health and about my daughter and granddaughter’s safety. I am worried that I have breast cancer or that I am sick. Thank you for your love and prayers.


    Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, please intercede with God for me to restore my marriage with Jude. Please pray that God will remove any bitterness and resentment from Jude’s heart and fill it with love, respect, trust, and desire for me. I Pray that God will heal our hearts and strengthen our marriage quickly. This storm has put a big hurt on our family. l also Pray that Jude will seek God in his life and steer away from any temptations. Please pray that my family receives God and lives by his example.

  39. Mary Spillman says:

    Please St. Jude help my son. He is such a wonderful person, yet he lives in fear and darkness. He has no confidence, he very depressed anxious, and feels unworthy. I come to you today St. Jude to ask you to look over him, and help him find a way out of the darkness and into the world. Amen

    Anyone reading this post, please pray for my son and my family. Thank you for your support.

  40. Elizabeth Murray says:

    Please pray my husband finds a job

  41. Mary says:

    Feeling down and pray for healing. Also I pray for others with problems.

  42. Neil says:

    Dear saint Jude
    I have suffered periodic bouts of depression my entire life. It has come out of nowhere with a vengeance and sometimes it can seem so hard to keep going. Pray for me to help me get through this difficult time like you always have. God bless and prayers to all who are suffering.

  43. Maria says:

    Dear Holy Saint Jude, Please pray that my daughter be reunited with her ex-boyfriend, a decent Catholic boy. May their chaste, loving, respectful relationship be restored and better than ever. Please deliver her from sexual immorality, sexual activity and drunkeness. Thank you so much for your prayers, St. Jude!

  44. Karen says:

    Help me to re unite with the love of my life

  45. Margaret Brannigan says:

    St Jude please help me get over this terrible anxiety panic attachs and fear of going out I have been suffering for along time it has taken over my life I can?t leave the house dearest St Jude I come to you today to work your. I come to you today to work your miracles on me

  46. Sherry says:

    I pray to St Jude and the Lord for guidance and peace to endure my life as a married woman with a spouse that suffers from manic depression. Hopelessness follows me around as his illness is getting worse. No financial security, his raging fits, memory loss, instability and all of the other symptoms of this disease are rampant. Please pray for me for I am selfish in asking for these prayers as I don?t know where else to turn.

  47. Mary says:

    Dear St. Jude Please heal my depression,anxiety and feelings of hoplissness I feel so all alone and I?m afraid. I don?t want to be here anymore please heal me of all my suffering from this awful sickness I just want to be happy and healthy again.

  48. Caroline says:

    St Jude pray for me I feel hopeless my boyfriend stopped talking to me n this has really killed my spirit. I feel like I shouldn’t be living right now despite the fact that I secured a good job after being jobless for very long. Help

  49. Tina says:

    Dear, st jude please help me to be strong and full of strong in my heart. Please help me to survive in my work. Please help me to survive all the struggles that i felt. I feel so empty now because its full of fear inside in my heart i cannot work completely. I cannot work properly because i always feel worried there are ore more worries inside in my heart please put and full of strong make my heart turn into stone so that i cannot feel fear everytime they scolded me. I hope and i hope everything well be okay. Hopefully i can survive here. Please please please help me st jude.

  50. Paul says:

    Hello I’m needing help to help my wife to be freed from her anxiety disorder which as caused me a lot of depression and worry as she is disrupting my faith as a believer and she is not with her Lord for being saved and rescued .

  51. Betty t joseph says:

    Dear St Jude i and my husband we come to u for help we are jobles wit 2 kid not food to eat please intercede for us amen

  52. Louise says:

    My dear St. Jude, You never fail to console me. I thank GOD for hearing your prayers for myself and my family. Thank you St. Jude.

  53. Louise says:

    Dear St. Jude I thank you for the countless times you have answered my prayers. Please pray for my daughter and I who are afflicted with anxiety and depression.Ask Jesus to bring us peace. Thank You MY LORD. Thank you St. Jude

  54. Martha Sue Pritchard says:

    Dear St Jude please intercede for me with all of my physical ailments that together create Brain Fog like I have never known.
    I feel bad about myself for not getting things done when I need to.
    Also intercede for so much pain and now recently weakness in my hands. I have lost more confidence and feel fearful. Please intercede for my dear sister Ellen and break the spell of Alzheimers and expose any scam related to it. Help me be able to be a blessing. Help my family back to peace aND healing and break all bonds of addiction.
    Thank you and I ask in Jesus through Mary, MSP

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