There’s a passing comment about “No St Jude candles.”
Why is that?
There’s a passage in the last Norman Mailer book I read all the way through, there’s a passage where character refers to “St. Jude as a patron saint of lost causes,” and the rest of the allusion is about how praying to St Jude turns a bad situation into a worse scenario, rendering untenable as a total train wreck.
So I tend to avoid invoking St Jude. Locally, this is also San Juan Thaddeus. Typically, a green candle, robe-draped figure, with a golden-hued medallion on his chest. Visually and viscerally appealing, but no.
I like St. Benedict myself.