The feast of St. Thomas is celebrated on July 3rd.
We haven't been celebrating the feast days of the Church much lately, since we have been out of town, and then were busy daily with swimming lessons. I am hoping to change this, starting tomorrow, with the feast of St. Thomas.
In Thomas' best known appearance in the New Testament, he doubts the resurrection of Jesus and demands to touch Jesus' sacred wounds before being convinced. The above painting by Caravaggio, The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, depicts this scene.
This story is the origin of the term Doubting Thomas. After seeing Jesus alive (the Bible never states whether Thomas actually touched Christ's wounds), Thomas professed his faith in Jesus, exclaiming "My Lord and my God!"; because of this, he is also called Thomas the Believer. His martyrdom for Christ was further testament of his faith.
Here are a few ideas for the day:
O Lord, we rejoice in the example of St. Thomas, Your Apostle. Grant that we may ever be helped by his prayers and imitate his faith with fervent devotion. Amen.
- Listen to the "Saint of the Day"
- Read about St. Thomas the Apostle in Picture Book of Saints
- Read St. Thomas the Apostle in Saints for Young People Vol 2
- Read Pages 220-221 in the New Catholic Picture Bible, Unbelieving Thomas.
- Read The Twelve Apostles by Marianna Mayer.
- Read The Twelve Apostles by Father Lovasik.
- Color a picture of St. Thomas to add to our Liturgical Notebooks. We will be using the picture of St. Thomas from The Saints Coloring Book Volume 2; and the page titled "My God and my All, have mercy on us." from our Eucharistic Adoration coloring books.
- Finger Paint... and maybe even make our own paint!
- Make Finger Puppets, or a St. Thomas Spoon Saint.
Or this poem about St. Thomas (found online) for my older children:
"My Lord and My God!"
These things did Thomas hold for real:
the warmth of blood, the chill of steel,
the grain of wood, the heft of stone,
the last frail twitch of blood and bone.
His brittle certainties denied
that one could live when one had died,
until his fingers read like Braille
the markings of the spear and nail.
May we, O God, by grace believe
and, in believing, still receive
the Christ who held His raw palms out
and beckoned Thomas from his doubt.~ author unknown
If any of you have any other ideas, please leave them in the comments, I'd love to hear them! I hope you all have a blessed day!
St. Thomas ~ Pray for us!