Terrence! Of Course! Why didn't I think of that? I am referring to yesterday's post about a man taking the name "Teresa" as his Confirmation name. My readers have weighed in with some very helpful advice. One person suggested that the man use Mother Teresa's last name. I thought of that as well, but I think her last name is "of Calcutta". Her last name before she became a nun is a difficult Slavic type collection of consonants and her middle name, also difficult to pronounce, means "rosebud". Not so manly. Unless by "Rosebud" you mean "the sled".
Saw your shop policies and got a doubt, why is St. Joseph, the patron saint of doubt and hesitation and not St. Thomas. If you have answered this question, kindly provide the link.
Thanking you and prayers from the land of Our Lady of Health...
Poor St. Thomas, his one moment of doubt is so famous that he is forever referred to as "Doubting Thomas". I would hate to think that one moment of stupidity that I had would eternally brand me in history.
The gum incident springs to mind. What if I was relentlessly called "Gumwad Martha"?
He is the patron saint of buying and selling real estate. That must be an extrapolation of the carpentry and the fact the the Holy Family moved a number of times.
He is the patron saint of Italy.
He has an aspirin named for him.
He is the patron saint of travelers, since not only did the Holy Family have to move, they had to travel great distances when they moved. St. Joseph should be the patron saint of anyone who has to take a baby on a plane or a long car ride. He didn't have one of those portable DVD players on the back of the donkey.
I have to pause and say, what is the deal with that? If you're going to park your child in front of a movie while your travel in a car, why not just stay home and park him on the couch? Isn't the whole point of travel to see different places and how other people live? I can rather understand it on a plane, when there really is nothing to see at a high altitude. But not in the car. Seriously, count cows, collect license plates from other states, tell stories to each other.
St. Joseph is the patron saint against doubt and hesitation because he had some rather understandable doubt about what seemed to be a completely impossible event. He didn't know what to do. Twice in his life angels had to come and give him advice. He really didn't believe Mary's preposterous story for a second. Who would? An angel visited with him and told him to get with the program.
After that, he really paid attention. An angel had to come again to tell him to get his new family out of Bethlehem fast because Herod was after the Baby Jesus. Off they went. No DVD player.
St. Thomas wasn't running about doubting everything, despite his sad nickname. When the Apostles tried to talk Jesus out of going back to Bethany to bring Lazarus back from the dead because Jesus had received death threats, it was Thomas who said, "Let us go so that we may die with Him."
Thomas is thought to have travelled the farthest of the Apostles in spreading the Gospel, all the way to India. He would make a fantastic patron saint of travel.
Sacred Tradition holds that when Mary was Assumed into Heaven, all the apostles were transported to her side, but that Thomas, perhaps because he had traveled the farthest arrived at the Assumption itself and Mary gave him her girdle as she left.
Don't get silly. A girdle then isn't the same thing as now. Belt. Think belt. She gave him her belt. He is not the patron saint of ladies foundation wear.
But he is the patron saint of architecture. I suppose because he left so many churches in his wake. It seems the Church has let Thomas off the hook for his famous moment of doubt. We meanwhile look to St. Joseph to show us how to overcome it.