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It Only Seems Hopeless

Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

My dear encountered couples:

The names Simon and Jude appear near the end of the list of those chosen by Christ to be his twelve apostles. Not a lot is known about either of them. But it is believed they teamed up together near the end of their lives to preach in Persia where they were both martyred.

You might be more familiar with Jude than with Simon. Jude is the saint many people pray to when they arrive at the proverbial last straw. In contrast to Judas Iscariot who lost his faith in Jesus and despaired when his situation looked hopeless, Jude kept his faith all the way to the end and is honored as the patron saint of hopeless cases. Have you ever prayed to St. Jude?

We might find ourselves at a dead end at times. Our efforts fail, our dreams dissolve. No matter what we do we just can’t seem to get it right. And our faith is tested. Is there anyone in heaven whose faith has not been tested? Really tested? Even Jesus cried out from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

First comes disappointment, then discouragement, followed by a feeling of helplessness and the temptation to give up all hope.

Never allow yourself to indulge in self-pity, at least not for long. The tide turns for all who trust in God, if not while we are in this world, most certainly after we have entered the next.

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