Here is my latest article for Integrated Catholic Life
I’m glad doubting Thomas is a saint because gives us permission to question our faith. While we call him Doubting Thomas it might be better to call him Difficult Thomas or “Thomas who had difficulties”.
There is a difference between a doubt and a difficulty. Blessed John Henry Newman wrote, “Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.”
When we start to think through our Catholic faith we would be negligent or stupid not to have some problems. After all, the things we propose as true in the Catholic faith stretch the human mind and heart. If a person says they have no problems with their Catholic beliefs I doubt if they have even started to think things through.
There is nothing wrong with having difficulties, but there is a problem with doubt. Here’s the difference:
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