I had just finished law school and taken the Bar exam…I failed it twice. Each failure was a devastating blow. My life, job, everything was on hold until I could pass the Bar. The third, and last time I took it, I began going back to church; finding that simply believing in God was not enough. I could do nothing great on my own in this world without his grace. I came upon a novena to St. Jude, a saint whose intercession was sought for in desperate and lost causes. I prayed the novena way past it’s 9 day timing, from July to November when Bar results came out. I passed. I am thankful to God and Jesus but also incredibly thankful for St. Jude and his intercession on my behalf.