Dear St. Thomas,Thank you from the bottom of my heart for having the courage to say what everyone else was probably thinking!Because of you, I am unafraid to express the doubts that sometimes plague my heart. You have made me realize that doubts are not a detriment to my faith, but a natural part of my faith journey. Through your bold proclamation of “My Lord and my God”, I have come to realize that vocalizing my doubts and humbly asking Jesus to help me work through them can actually lead to a stronger faith for myself and those around me.I know you have a reputation as a “doubter” but I like to view you as someone who understood the seriousness and the full import of the Resurrection of Jesus and just wanted to be sure about something so critical and life-changing.Please pray for me that I may always have the trust to honestly share all my doubts, troubles and concerns with the Risen Jesus, knowing that he will patiently and loving answer my questions.With humble gratitude,Debbie”Do you really believe that it was by chance that this chosen disciple was absent, then came and heard, heard and doubted, doubted and touched, touched and believed? It was not by chance but in God’s providence. In a marvelous way God’s mercy arranged that the disbelieving disciple, in touching the wounds of his master’s body, should heal our wounds of disbelief. The disbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the faith of the other disciples. As he touches Christ and is won over to believe, every doubt is cast aside and our faith is strengthened.”                  -St. Gregory the Great, Office of Readings, Feast of St. Thomas

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