If you are lost, you have found a powerful friend! He is the 'Hope of the Hopeless' as testified by St Brigit and St Bernard of Clairvaux.
The apostle St Jude Thaddeus is the patron saint of "Lost causes". He was an apostle and a relative of Jesus. He was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus.
Scriptures point to St Jude's birth in a Jewish family in Paneas, a town in the Galilean portion of ancient Palestine.
His first name "Jude" means giver of joy, "Thaddeus" other name that he was known by, means large hearted and kind. St Jude along with St Simon began preaching the Good News of Jesus to Jews throughout Mesopotamia, Libya and Persia converting many people to Christianity. He is credited with writing a letter, around 60 A D to recent Christian converts in eastern churches under persecution.
St Jude is traditionally depicted, carrying the image of Jesus in his hand close to his chest. This idea comes from a legend in which King Abagaro of Edessa asked Jesus to cure him of leprosy and sent an artist to bring him a drawing of Jesus. Impressed with Abagaro's great faith, Jesus appeared to St Jude in a vision and pressed his face into a cloth and gave it to St Jude to take to Abagaro. Upon seeing Jesus' image the King was cured. He was converted to Christianity, along with most of his people. St Jude is believed to have been martyred in Persia or Syria around 65 A. D. After his death, his body was brought back to Rome and was placed in a cemetery beneath St Peter's Basilica, which people visit to this day.