Today's Saint (December 21): Thomas the Apostle

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Saint Thomas

Thomas, also called Didymus in the Gospel of John, is one of the twelve apostles.

He is best known for doubting the testimony of his fellow disciples when they told him they had seen the Resurrected Lord.

He told them, "Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe."

Our Lord appeared to them again eight days later, this time with Thomas present. Interestingly, when Jesus told Thomas to touch His wounds, there is no indication that he did so, being already convinced with his acclamation: "My Lord, and my God."

It is believed that Saint Thomas went on to evangelize India. We give thanks to God for the Church's rich deposit of faith, which is more than sufficient to convert doubters, like Thomas, to Christianity

The accompany painting, entitled "The Incredulity of St Thomas" is by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610).

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Books Worth Considering

The Twelve : The Lives of the Apostles After Calvary
The Inner Circle : Studying the Lives of 13 Apostles

The Treasury of Saints and Martyrs
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford Paperback Reference)amazon
The Penguin Dictionary of Saints: Third Edition (Dictionary, Penguin)amazon