The day before yesterday was the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle. In the Office of Readings, St. Gregory the Great makes the following point: “Do you really believe that it was by chance that this chosen disciple was absent, then came and heard, heard and doubted, doubted and touched, touched and believed? It was not by chance but in God’s providence. In a marvelous way God’s mercy arranged that the disbelieving disciple, in touching the wounds of his master’s body, should heal our wounds of disbelief. The disbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the faith of the other disciples.”
Try to remember this the next time you are dismayed by your own failings. God, in His providence, can use them to hearten others as they see His work in your life. Struggle through to touch and believe.