Posted by: fvbcdm | July 3, 2014

Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle (3 July 2014)

There are a number of things to think and pray about as we come to this weekend. One of them is that July 3rd is the annual feast of Saint Thomas, the apostle who doubted the word of his fellow apostles that they had seen the risen Lord. He insisted upon seeing Jesus himself, and furthermore of touching the nail wounds in Our Lord’s hands and putting his hand into the lance-wound in Our Lord’s side. Then, having satisfied his own incredulity, he exclaimed in joy and adoration, “My Lord and my God!”

This Friday is also the first Friday of the new month of July, a day always associated with our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as He himself requested of Saint Margaret Mary and through her, of the entire Catholic world. If Saint Thomas did, in fact actually insert his hand into the wound of Our Lord’s side, he would have come into very close physical contact with the Heart of Christ. Thus there is a connection between Saint Thomas the Apostle and the first Friday of the month.

Then, tomorrow is our national Independence Day, or the “Fourth of July” as it’s more often called.  On July 4, 1776—the members of the Continental Congress of the American colonies, representing their individual colonies, adopted and signed the Declaration of Independence, and thus brought a new nation into existence. We know what a momentous event that was, and what an effect it has had on our lives both corporately and individually. What a blessing is our American citizenship and all the benefits and freedoms and rights and privileges that go with it!

Former Prime Minister of England, Mr. Tony Blair, made a very accurate comment about the success of a nation. He said we can tell whether a nation is a successful one by noticing how many people want to become its citizens and residents, and how many want to leave it. These facts speak for themselves: the United States of America is a very successful nation, despite its problems. And we as religious people owe our Heavenly Father a great debt of gratitude for our membership in this nation whose birthday we celebrate this Saturday, and we owe to our fellow citizens, and especially those in public office and service, our prayers and support. God HAS blessed America; let us pray that He will continue to do so in the years ahead. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This Message was composed some years ago.

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