St. Thomas the Apostle
About Saint Thomas the Doubting Apostle
|The only thing many people know about Saint Thomas the Apostle is that he was The Doubter. He is often referred to as Doubting Thomas and is pictured as a skeptical, non-believer. Saint Thomas went so far as to put his hand into the wound on Christ’s side and his fingers into the nail holes on His hands and feet. After doing so, Saint Thomas falls to his knees exclaiming, “My Lord and my God.”
Jesus spoke to Saint Thomas about his lack of faith saying, “Blest are they who have not seen and have believed.”(Jn 20:29) Jesus was referring to all the Christians who were to come until the end of time. This declaration by Jesus gives Christians today a reason for doing everything they can to remain strong in their Christian faith.
|Wearing a Saint Thomas medal or a Saint Thomas pendant is one way to be reminded to be steadfast in the faith. Saint Thomas was a practical and logical man who needed proof before he could believe. Today, Christians need even stronger faith than the Apostles of Jesus. They did not live with Jesus, hear his words, see him crucified, and then resurrected. Many Christians recite a prayer to Saint Thomas, asking for his intercession in strengthening their Christian beliefs. They also wear a Saint Thomas necklace as a reminder to pray for the grace of God and the strength to keep the faith.
Saint Thomas the Apostle Prayer
Almighty and ever living God, who didst strengthen thine apostle Thomas with sure and certain faith in thy Son's resurrection: Grant us so perfectly and without doubt to believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God, that our faith may never be found wanting in thy sight; through him who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Saint Thomas the Apostle