Why must I publish my message?
The St. Jude novena is unique in that traditionally when you pray to St. Jude you are told you must "promise to publish your request or thanks and encourage devotion to St. Jude". What does this mean? By publishing your message, you demonstrate your faith and commitment to letting God through St. Jude help bring change to your life. This faith is an important step in showing our openness to receiving God's response to our prayers. Without such conviction, all of our prayers are doomed to fail.
In addition, by publishing, you record a testimony of your own experience and faith, which will inspire others to turn to God through St. Jude during their own times of greatest need. It is the best way to share the powerful message that we are not left alone in this difficult world to fend for ourselves; there is someone who loves us and WANTS us to turn to Him with the help of St. Jude, to assist us in carrying the burdens we cannot carry ourselves. By adding a record of your experience to all the people over the years who have sought St. Jude's help, you join a tightly-knit community that knows what it's like to endure life's troubles, yet still stubbornly refuses to give up hope !
If I just tell a friend and leave a note in the church, isn't that "publishing my message and encouraging devotion"?
Yes, but having true faith and accepting the plan that God has for us means more than just believing and being quiet about it. For just as St. Jude traveled the world and continued to teach and encourage all who he met, we are called to do more than just the bare minimum in demonstrating our faith to others. We should try to reach as many people as possible with our message.
Why not just sign an online guestbook or buy a newspaper ad?
Online guestbooks are a starting point in your relationship with St. Jude, but they are usually limited:
many do not update their sites often, and so they do not attract a steady flow of visitors.
Newspapers will charge a price per line of your message, only display your ad for one day, and never respond personally to you. Worse, there's no way to know who is actually seeing your ad.
they often delete your message after a certain period of time (something this site NEVER does.)
they usually provide very little original content to inform, encourage, and interest their visitors in devotion to St. Jude.
they rarely respond to your message personally.
Why should I publish my message on the St. Jude Novena Site?
The St. Jude Novena Site wants to offer a more personalized, interactive experience with its visitors. That is why we provide the most extensive, original information related to St. Jude--information that is updated regularly. With features like E-Mail Dedications, Profiles in Prayer, and the St. Jude Times, we strive to present the REAL message of St. Jude's Novena and what it means to you, as well as the power of collective prayer. The St. Jude Novena Site is the only publication service that adds a special prayer message specific to the poster's request. In addition, you will receive a confirmation of your posting by e-mail (your e-mail address will only be used by our website and will not be sold or given to any other organizations.) Moreover, in this e-mail to you we will include a personal note - hopefully the first of many encouragements to come during your prayer process. In addition, our website attracts thousands of visitors a month--people seeking information on subjects like prayer, spiritual comfort, and hopelessness. In short, these are the people you should be publishing for and who need your encouragement to turn to St. Jude!
In return for publicizing your message, we ask for a modest payment of $10.00. Your contribution will help expand the ministry efforts of this website as the best-known resource for promoting the good news of praying to St. Jude across the internet, and to increase the visibility of the testimonials people have publicized in this site.
So if I don't pay to publish, my prayer won't be answered?
Whether your prayers are answered does not depend on paying to publish. It's up to you to be full of faith and truly open to receiving God's message. However, if you are serious about reaching the largest number of people with your testimony, and truly encouraging devotion to St. Jude, we believe publishing on this website is a great way to do it!
THE PUBLICATION PROCEDURE
It is easy to publish your message. Just go to Publish Your Message Now and fill in the information on the form. You will then be taken to a page where you can enter your $10.00 payment information on a secure, SSL-encrypted server provided by 2checkout.com, an established internet e-commerce company that manages the online transactions for the St. Jude Novena Site. The St. Jude Novena Site will never see or use your personal financial information. When you complete your information, we will notify you by e-mail that your message has been published on the St. Jude Novena Site.
Note: if you prefer to make your payment by sending
A check or money order, let us know by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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