Today we celebrate St Thomas. For most American the only thing we think of is doubt. For the more than 17 million Catholics in India they think of the Apostle who founded their Church.
Two cities in particular hold a special devotion to St. Thomas: present day Kerela, where he landed; and mylapore where he is said to have died. While large numbers of Catholics are Latin Rite Catholics. Two eastern rites of the Catholic Are centered in India Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara.
In recent years we have seen an influx of priests from India into the U.S. While the Catholics are a small minority in India, they have a large number of vocations. We are grateful for their assistance
Thomas should be remembered today not for his doubting but for his missionary zeal. Today we pray for all those parts of the world to whom St. Thomas took the gospel.