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THOMAS was called Didymus, which means the twin. He was a man of great courage and self-sacrifice. When Jesus told His disciples that He would return to Judea to visit His friend Lazarus, the Apostles knew that people would try to stone Him. But Thomas said to his companions, "Let us also go, that we may die with Him."
After the Resurrection, the Apostles said to Thomas, "We have seen the Lord." But he said, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."

After eight days, Thomas was with the Apostles. Jesus came, the door being closed, and stood before Thomas and said, "Bring here your finger, and see My hands; and bring here your hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing."

Thomas answered, "My Lord, and my God!" And Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, Thomas, you have believed. Blessed are they who have not seen, and yet have believed."
After the Ascension, Thomas preached the Gospel in Parthia. He is also called the Apostle of the Indies, where he was martyred.

Almighty God, let us proudly rejoice as we celebrate the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle. May we be helped by his patronage and believing, have life in the Name of Jesus Christ Your Son whom he confessed to be the Lord.

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