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Bishop's Message


Bishop’s Message

My Dear Fathers, Sisters and Laity,

      Holy Mother Church commemorates the Solemnity of St.Thomas on 3rd July every year.

        St.Thomas the Apostle is the best example for our spiritual life to go from spiritual darkness to enlightenment. As an apostle, Thomas was dedicated to following the Lord. Upon hearing that Jesus was returning to Judea, an area that would pose dangers due to the growing animosity of the authorities, he immediately said to the other apostles, “Let us also go that we may die with him” (Jn 11:16).

        Yet despite this determination, Thomas proved not only too weak to stand beside Jesus as he faced his crucifixion, but also doubted the Lord’s Resurrection when he was told about it by the other apostles. Denying their story, he told them: “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side,  I will not believe” (Jn 20:25).

        A week later, Christ appeared and said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving but believe.” When Thomas did so, he exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!”.

        In his general audience on September 27, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of St.Thomas explaining that we can learn from his doubts which show us “that Jesus can now be recognized by his wounds rather than by his face.” Therefore our adoration to the wounds of Christ would deepen our faith as that of St.Thomas.

        Let us strive earnestly to be faithful children of this great father of Faith. May St.Thomas intercede for us that our faith may never fail! Let us also remember in our prayers specially those who bear the name of St.Thomas

With my prayers and blessings,                                                                       

X Lawrence Pius, D.D.,

Bishop of Dharmapuri


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