St. Thomas

Ambassadors of Mercy

Photography © by Andy Coan

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Second Sunday of Easter | Divine Mercy Sunday (Year A) — Acts 2:42-47; Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; First Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31. We don’t know where Thomas was. All we know is that he missed it. All the others were huddling together behind locked doors, hoping that the authorities would be satisfied with the blood […]

Ambassadors of Mercy

Photography © by Andy Coan

We don’t know where Thomas was. All we know is that he missed it. All the others were huddling together behind locked doors, hoping that the authorities would be satisfied with the blood of their master and leave them alone. But Jesus wouldn’t leave them alone. Despite the locked doors, there He stood, glorious in their midst, bringing peace where […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope St. Gregory the Great

"St. Gregory" (detail) by Matthias Stom

“Dearly beloved, what do you see in these events? 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 […]

Instruments of Mercy

Photography © by Andy Coan

We don’t know where Thomas was. All we know is that he missed it. All the others were huddling together behind locked doors, hoping that the authorities would be satisfied with the blood of their master and leave them alone. But Jesus wouldn’t leave them alone. Despite the locked doors, there He stood, glorious in their midst, bringing peace where […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Thomas the Apostle

"The Incredulity of Saint Thomas" (detail) by Caravaggio

“My Lord and My God.” (St. Thomas the Apostle, upon seeing the risen Christ and being invited by the Lord to touch His Wounds) July 3 is the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle. If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using the Recommend and Social Media buttons below and via email. We value […]

Encountering the Word — John 14:5-6

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“Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.’”(John 14:5-6) If you liked this scripture passage, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and […]

Doubts and Difficulties

"The Incredulity of Saint Thomas" (detail) by Caravaggio

I’m glad doubting Thomas is a saint because gives us permission to question our faith. While we call him Doubting Thomas it might be better to call him Difficult Thomas or “Thomas who  had difficulties”. There is a difference between a doubt and a difficulty. Blessed John Henry Newman wrote, “Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.” When we […]

Encountering the Word – John 20:19-29

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On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. […]