July 3- Saint Thomas the Apostle: Patron Saint of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Construction Workers and People in Doubt

Saint Thomas the Apostle, Saint Thomas the Apostle, the Patron Saint of Construction Workers and People in Doubt (Feast Date: July 3)

Extract from Saint Thomas the Apostle: “Poor Thomas! He made one remark and has been branded as ‘Doubting Thomas’ ever since. But if he doubted, he also believed. He made what is certainly the most explicit statement of faith in the New Testament: ‘My Lord and My God!’ (see John 20:24-28) and, in so expressing his faith, gave Christians a prayer that will be said till the end of time. He also occasioned a compliment from Jesus to all later Christians: ‘Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed” (John 20:29).’” See PICTURES of Saint Thomas. See also: Thomas the Apostle (Multilingual), Biography of St. Thomas the Apostle (EN), St. Thomas the Apostle (EN), Santo Tomás Apóstol (SP), San Tommaso Apostolo (IT)Saint Thomas (FR), Święty Tomasz Apostoł (PO). VIDEOS: St. Thomas the Apostle (EN), St.Thomas Part 1 Of 3, Saint Thomas The Apostle – Indonesia subtitle Part 01-1PRAYER to Saint Thomas the Apostle. SPECIAL NOVENA TO ST. THOMAS.

Saint Thomas the Apostle, Patron Saint of Pakistan (Feast Date: July 3)

Extract from New Advent: “At the division of the Apostles, India fell to the lot of Thomas, but he declared his inability to go, whereupon his Master Jesus appeared in a supernatural way to Abban, the envoy of Gundafor, an Indian king, and sold Thomas to him to be his slave and serve Gundafor as a carpenter. Then Abban and Thomas sailed away until they came to Andrapolis, where they landed and attended the marriage feast of the ruler’s daughter. Strange occurrences followed and Christ under the appearance of Thomas exhorted the bride to remain a Virgin. Coming to India Thomas undertook to build a palace for Gundafor, but spend the money entrusted to him on the poor. Gundafor imprisoned him; but the Apostle escaped miraculously and Gundafor was converted. Going about the country to preach, Thomas met with strange adventures from dragons and wild asses. Then he came to the city of King Misdai (Syriac Mazdai), where he converted Tertia the wife of Misdai and Vazan his son.” See PICTURES of Saint Thomas. See also: Thomas the Apostle(Multilingual),Apostle St. Thomas in India(EN), SANTO TOMAS, APÓSTOL(SP), San Tommaso Apostolo(IT), SAINT THOMAS Apôtre(FR), 3 lipca Święty Tomasz Apostoł(PO). VIDEOS: Saint Thomas The Apostle – Indonesia subtitle Part 01-1, St. Thomas the Apostle of India. PRAYER to St. Thomas the Apostle.

Saint Thomas the Apostle, Patron Saint of Pakistan, Sri Lanka (Feast Date: July 3)

Extract fromThomas, Apostle:“St. Thomas was a Jew, 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 Easter Sunday merited for him the title of “doubting Thomas.” 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 exclaimed: “My Lord and My God.”     . . . Tradition says that at the dispersal of the Apostles 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.'”

Saint Thomas the Apostle, Patron Saint of Pakistan (Feast Date: July 3)

Extract fromThomas the Apostle “Apostle. He was ready to die with Jesus when Christ went to Jerusalem, but is best remembered for doubting the Resurrection until allowed to touch Christ’s wounds. Preached in Parthia, Persia and India, though he was so reluctant to start the mission that he had to be taken into slavery by a merchant headed that way. He eventually gave in to God’s will, was freed, and planted the new Church over a wide area. . . .  An old tradition says that Thomas baptised the wise men from the Nativity into Christianity.”

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Thomas the Apostle on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Hurricane Tomas in Haiti  (November 5-6  2010)  (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 22-December 5, 2010.

Suicide Bombings in Pakistan (December 25, 2010) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: January 3 – January 16, 2010.

Karachi Bombings in Pakistan (February 2010) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: February 15-February 28, 2010.

Landslide in Pakistan (January 4, 2010) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: January 18-January 31, 2010.

Terrorism Bombings and Violence in Pakistan(September 26, 2009) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: September 28-October 11, 2009.

Storms in Pakistan (July 23, 2009) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 3 – August 16, 2009.

Terrorism, Violence and Bombings in Pakistan (April 5, 2009) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: April 13 – April 26, 2009.

Cyclone Nisha in Sri Lanka (Nov 28, 2008) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 8 – December 21, 2008.

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Patronage: Pakistan
Disaster: Terrorism Bombings, Violence (September 26)
World Region: Asia;  Country: Pakistan
See World Mission Rosary Intentions: September 28-October 11, 2009.
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