Last year I came, by accident, (or was it?) across a website of St. Jude Thaddeus, who is one of the twelve Apostles.  I was impressed with the statement that he was, Patron of hopeless cases, and of things almost despaired of.  As I was badly in need of some help from above, and my prayers seemed to reach deaf ears, I decided to give St. Jude a chance.

He answered my prayers, and I will always be thankful to him, and  encourage devotion to him.

The son of a family, whom I know well, had been an alcoholic for twenty years.  One night he decided to end it, and was found by God's grace, in time before it was too late. He spend two weeks in hospital, so it was a serious attempt.

Prayers were offered up for him long before the attempted suicide.  He left hospital and has not touched alcohol for over twelve months, and now is secretary of an A.A. meeting, and wants to help others to give up drinking.

The prayer mentions, things almost despaired of.  With God there is no such thing. Even though our prayers seem to reach deaf ears, He is listening.  Sometimes He just wants us to acknowledge His friends, who are in Heaven close tho His throne.

And it is almost as if He is telling us, "Give them something to do" and the saints love nothing better than to help and assist us in our difficulties!