Saint Thomas the Apostle

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Saint Thomas was called to be one of the twelve Apostles. He was a dedicated but impetuous follower of Christ. When Jesus said He was returning to Judea to visit His sick friend Lazarus, Thomas immediately exhorted the other Apostles to accompany Him on the trip which involved certain danger and possible death because of the mounting hostility of the authorities.

At the Last Supper, when Christ told His Apostles that He was going to prepare a place for them to which they also might come because they knew both the place and the way, Thomas pleaded that they did not understand and received the beautiful assurance that Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

But St. Thomas is best known for his role in verifying the Resurrection of his Master. Thomas’ unwillingness to believe that the other Apostles had seen their risen Lord on the first EasterSunday merited for him the title of “doubting Thomas.” Eight days later, on Christ’s second apparition, Thomas was gently rebuked for his scepticism and furnished with the evidence he had demanded – seeing in Christ’s hands the point of the nails and putting his fingers in the place of the nails and his hand into His side. At this, St. Thomas became convinced of the truth of the Resurrection and exclaimed: “My Lord and My God,” thus making a public Profession of Faith in the Divinity of Jesus.

St. Thomas is also mentioned as being present at another Resurrection appearance of Jesus – at Lake Tiberias when a miraculous catch of fish occurred. This is all that we know about St. Thomas from the New Testament.

Tradition says that at the dispersal of the Apostles after Pentecost this saint was sent to evangelize the Parthians, Medes, and Persians; he ultimately reached India, carrying the Faith to the Malabar coast, which still boasts a large native population calling themselves “Christians of St. Thomas.” He capped his left by shedding his blood for his Master, speared to death at a place called Calamine. His feast day is July 3rd and he is the patron of architects.

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  1. Thanks Lord for everything I get everyday. Please, protect my love, he is so far… and, please, keep him away from the bad influences and infidelities.
    Please, St. Thomas Apostle, help me to finish my thesis. Help me to concentrate and finish the ppt today…
    Open my ways for a new life and a new job! Please…
    Very grateful *

  2. St. Thomas, please help my 2nd son get the job he’s been waiting for and to pass the training, for the family’s good health, happiness, love and peace, for my 2 sons bright future and have a blessed and loving family, living everyday in Jesus name, please pray and protect us, peace to the world, Amen.

  3. For world peace, for the homeless children to find shelter in loving homes, for my personal intentions, St. Thomas, pray for us.

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  5. St Thomas intercede for my son Tom to bring him back to the church and to do better handling his finances. Give praise and glory to God!!

  6. From U.S.A. 7-22-’16
    Though we’ve never witnessed anything in the Bible I try to respect the teachings
    From XIXIII XX

    • I don’t pray to statues or stuff like that cause they are only materialistic.I wonder what my Mother would think of me talking to a dead piece of concrete or such!!!!!!!(really)
      From Marty
      The closest to sky heaven that I know was when me found out my uncle worked at N A S A. That was special cause they programmed mission to the moon

  7. I don’t pray to statues or stuff like that cause they are only materialistic.I wonder what my Mother would think of me talking to a dead piece of concrete or such!!!!!!!(really)
    From Marty
    The closest to sky heaven that I know was when me found out my uncle worked at N A S A. That was special cause they programmed mission to the moon

  8. St, Thomas, please intercede for me. I pray for healing from simple hyperplasia without atypia, cyst in the ovary, myoma, fatty liver, kidney stones and hypertension. Thank you St. Thomas.

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