and JUDE… a story of faith and its rewards"
by Joe Weiser is an amazing and inspiring true story
of a man in search of purpose and meaning.
and JUDE… a story of faith and its rewards"
by Joe Weiser (ISBN:0978931203)
is an amazing and inspiring
true story of a man in search for purpose and
meaning. Joe Weiser's story starts in Newark, New
at the age of five years old when his parent
divorced and he spent his childhood bouncing around
from one relative's house to another. Each uncle or
aunt's household had it's own share of trouble, so
young Joe experienced and absorbed a 'troubling home
life' ten times that of other children. Joe slept on
porches and was "… forced to carry around a
thick, black magic marker…" at all times to
write his name: JOE "…in big black
letters." The only thing young Joe was allowed
to eat was what was labeled JOE. There were
"audible battles" in each house and at
that time Joe began to understand and realize his
faith. "Not religion exactly, just a spiritual
awareness of something greater."
As a freshman in high school, Joe wore hand-me-down
clothes and dreamed of a normal life with a mother
and warm dinners. He dreamed of a "…permanent
place with a room of (his) own. Nothing big , just a
space….where (he) could have a little privacy and
hang banners of (his) favorite baseball teams on the
wall." Joe quickly found out what he needed was
money - his own money, so he started working
"…six days a week from 4:30 AM to 7:30AM for
four dollars a week." Time after work he
searched garbage cans and dumpsters for bottles to
return for twenty-five cents, "…the amount
(he) needed to buy lunch at school."
Fortunately, Joe was a good athlete and a star
baseball player. He broke county homerun records
(which still exists) - He was the best baseball
player in school. On the baseball field Joe had
finally seemed to find his place. "One where
money didn't matter, where you knew your position,
your place." He loved the game and was so good,
he was contacted and recruited to play for the New
York Yankees - "…A dream come true."
After learning that the Yankees would only pay for
his room and board Joe found the offer
"Unacceptable" and without any guidance
and ONLY a craving for money, over a chance of a
lifetime, he declined the offer and finished school.
He was again without a dream and "stranded,
At 16, Joe lied about his age and signed up in the
Navy. He served nine years flying jets catching the
end of the Korean War and the beginning of the
Vietnam War. Joe's story is tender and touches
emotions but the author makes very clear that his
book "Joe and JUDE… a story of faith and its
rewards" is much less about him and more about
…"faith, about finding yourself, and about
the help you can find along the way."
After the Navy, Joe was fighting off
"…old feelings…that (he) was being
abandoned again." The Navy had not filled his
needs and was not "…the family he was
searching for." Joe prayed and asked God for
"…guidance, for a sign…" to lead him.
Give him answers for a fulfilling life. He
wanted to know his destiny. But as Joe says,
"…my prayers, it seemed, were falling on deaf
ears, so I went back to what I knew best:
Joe taught flying for a while and founded the first
flight program in Seton Hall's ROTC program - He was
successful and had money but still was uncertain and
unhappy. Gambling on horses at the Belmont Park
racetrack, Joe fell in love with horses and soon
bought horses and a small stable. With little
experience Joe soon was a winning racehorse owner,
but still had feelings of confusion and
bewilderment. He prayed. His faith still stronger
than the horses he owned.
One day another horse owner, Sal Basile, came by
Joe's stable with a young woman. The woman gave Joe
a gift - "Something to help you…with
everything." The gift was a small eighteen inch
clay statue of "Saint Jude.." The woman
assured Joe that if he "…prayed to him, to
Saint Jude, she was sure he would help…" Joe.
Joe was not impressed but politely took the gift and
placed it on the window sill of his office. Life
went on as normal until one day Joe entered the
office to find the statue of Saint Jude had fallen
from the window and was broken on the floor
-"…broken headless on the floor." That
broken statue immediately changed Joe's life.
The statue had fallen from approximately eight feet
- "it should have shattered or at least broken
in several pieces but instead it was neatly severed
at the head." Joe glued the statue back
together and firmly put it back on the window sill.
About a week later Joe, feeling depressed and empty,
went into his office and amazingly found the statue
again laying on the ground in the same spot as
before - and you guessed it, the neck was sliced in
the exact same spot. Joe felt as if he was on the
verge of a breakdown - What was happening
"…was absorbed." In his desk drawer was
a pamphlet that had come with the statue --
Joe gave in and read the pamphlet which told of
Saint Jude -"The Forgotten Saint."
Joe had a new vision and a new belief - Who is Saint
Jude you may ask? In a recent interview the author
says, "Jude Thaddeus is said to be a first
cousin to Jesus Christ. He was one of his Apostles.
He went out and helped and cured many people such as
Kings, Lepers, Rich, Poor it didn't matter what
religion you were he helped all. I am sure you have
heard of Saint Jude's Children's Hospital in
Tennessee, well you don't have to be Catholic to get
in, and that speaks for it's self."
Over the years Joe has been given other statues of
Saint Jude by friends and on other occasions he
returned to find these new statues on the floor
broken at the neck. Coincidences? As Joe says in his
book, "There sometimes comes a point where
denying a miracle becomes more irrational than
After years of praying, Saint Jude had arrived in
Joe's life and his healing was beginning. Saint Jude
was "…the patron saint of desperate,
lost, and impossible cases." All his life Joe
was all three. Saint Jude refusing to renounce
Jesus was beaten severely and then ---- BEHEADED!
Joe's signpost and direction was now clear.
Life for Joe still had its ups and downs but now
Joe's faith was stronger - Now he had someone in his
corner cheering him on. Joe stepped out of racing
game and started a horse therapy farm. Taking care
of wounded horses and curing them seemed to be more
rewarding. Before long, Joe had the largest
horse therapy farm on the East Coast. Still Joe
could not shake the feelings that his calling was
somewhere else. Joe realized at that time that as a
child he thought money was the answer to all of his
problems and now he had lots of it but the money did
not bring him what he had been searching for all his
life --- and that was peace.
In the '80's new tax laws hurt the racing business
and affected Joe - He nearly went bankrupt. He lost
the farm and property but with the remaining money
he had he bought some property and started a riding
therapy school for the handicapped. Joe had finally
found something that was rewarding. He was now
helping handicapped children overcome their fears
and gave them rewarding experiences. Joe started the
very first "Special Olympics in the state of
New York." These were major
accomplishments and gratifying to an extent, but Joe
still felt something missing.
One day Joe ran and errand for supplies for the
farm. He witnessed and a car accident which resulted
in an insurance claim agent showing up at his farm
for additional questions. After the interview, Joe
gave the agent a tour of the farm and the two
quickly created a rapport and friendship. Several
weeks went by and the insurance man showed up again
and said he was on his way to the marina where he
kept his boat and wanted to see if Joe would like to
accompany him. Joe went and listened to the man's
knowledge that the marina was in foreclosure,
"That day was November 25th 1996. I will
forever remember the date, for it was the first day
in my life that I felt like I belonged." At the
marina, Joe had the feeling he "…was
In the Navy, Joe always had a love for water and
boats and wondered what it would be like to own a
marina. The problem was Joe was broke - He barely
had enough money for lunch "…let alone buy a
marina." He had $50.00 to his name and the bank
"…wanted $1,5550,000 plus $850,000.00 in back
taxes." Joe "…prayed to Saint Jude
Thaddeus, hoping against hope."
What happens next dear reader you will have to read
yourself as I cannot and will not give away the
'originality of how faith, prayer and hope"
worked for Joe, but Joe Weiser is now the owner of
'The Jude Thaddeus Glen Cove Marina'.
"Joe and JUDE… a story of faith and its
rewards" is the story of one's man spiritual
journey that begins and ends with faith and hope.
All of his life Joe wanted a family and purpose.
"Illumination had finally come."
This is a special story that is true. This is a
remarkable journey that will ignite in you that the
possibilities you desire are there if you believe in
your heart. Just have faith and keep the faith. If
you have never heard of the story of Saint Jude
Thaddeus, the patron of impossible cases, this book
is for you and your loved ones. This book proves
that dreams do come true and what dedication, faith
and 'Divine Intervention' can do in one man's life.
All proceeds from the sales of "Joe and JUDE…
a story of faith and its rewards" by Joe Weiser
go to The Shrine of St Jude. Buy a copy today - You
will be inspired. You could be the next Joe Weiser.
"Joe and JUDE… a story of faith and its
rewards" by Joe Weiser