Not only was he a blood relative of Jesus, he both stood at the foot of the cross during Christ's crucifixion, but he also annointed Christ's body once taken down. He was also said to look a good deal like Christ in the face.
His patronage of lost or impossible causes traditionally derives from confusion by many early Christians between Jude and the traitor Judas Iscariot; not understanding the difference between the names, they never prayed for Judes help, and devotion to him became something of a lost cause.
But much has changed since then, and he is well know for being the patron of lost, impossible or forgotten causes, as well as hospitals and their workers.
His name means sweetness, of gentleness of character.
The image of him here, is of the more well known, where he is holding a medallion he wears, which bares Christ's profile, holding a club(which symbolizes the tool with which he was beaten to death), and a flame of The Holy Spirit, or love of Christ, above his head.
Saints, like people, are just like you and I. They had good days, bad days, caught colds and got cuts and scrapes. And, just like the good friends around us here on earth, they desire to pray for us.
media: pen and ink on bristol board
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