Friday, July 3, 2009

"Thomas...was not with them when Jesus came."

"We have seen the Lord." But Thomas said to them,"Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."
The first commandment requires us to nourish and protect our faith with prudence and vigilance, and to reject everything that is opposed to it. There are various ways of sinning against faith:
Voluntary doubt about the faith disregards or refuses to hold as true what God has revealed and the Church proposes for belief.
Involuntary doubt refers to hesitation in believing, difficulty in overcoming objections connected with the faith, or also anxiety aroused by its obscurity. If deliberately cultivated doubt can lead to spiritual blindness.
-- CCC 2088

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Art: Giovanni Battista Beinaschi, The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, oil on canvas, Christie's London.
(Liturgy for Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle.)

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