I am still very behind on catching up to all the questions! But today I have to address a serious question with no time to spare in answering.
I have lost my will to live. Which saint can I request intervention concerning the sin of despair?
Hold my hand while I say gently to you that you have not lost your will to live. Not yet. Not quite. Something is causing you to hang on by your toenails, and not only reach out to a blog, but to ask for help. For a patron saint.
That would give you something to focus on outside your despair, even though it's all about your despair.
Yes, despair is, in fact, a sin. That seems rather unfair, since some depression is not just sad lazy thinking, but a medical condition. You can't sin if you're not responsible for sinning. It's very possible that you're not sinning at all.
Let's talk about that for a moment. Why is despair a sin? Very simple: with God there is always hope. So to despair is, in some way, a denial of God's power and grace.
But I think it's very possible to feel hopeless and desperate and kind of forget all about God while being stuck in the ever increasing oppression of depression.
So you have actually raised up your head, just high enough, to ask God to help you, because when we pray to a saint, we are only praying (asking, petitioning) for the saint to pray to God with you, for you.
Please make sure you seek medical help, too, and/or a therapist. These things can make a world of difference.
All the while, Heaven will help you. St. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes, but not because he suffered from depression or had a terrifically difficult life. He made have had a rather jolly life, for all we know. Although, I rather doubt it, as one of the first Apostles (he replaced Judas), I imagine he met with a lot of jeers and resistance. The reason he is the patron saint of the hopeless, is precisely because of his relative obscurity. Since we know almost nothing about him, someone figured that no one gave him much thought and therefore, no one was praying for his intercession, leaving him with eternity on his hands and not much to do. That would give him time to tackle the really hard stuff.
And as we all know, he has turned out to be really good in that area. By now, though, he must be very busy.
I would go with Mother Teresa, who is surely in Heaven. She suffered her 'dark night of the soul' for most her her working life. And while she felt abandoned by God, she never let that slow her down in her faith or her work or her life. I would think she could sympathize with you completely.
Also, there is the lovely St. John of God, who was so lost for so long in his life, only to wake up to the grace and power of God. He was in a mental institution at the time.
Know that everyone who reads this will be praying for you, just like the saints.