But he [Thomas] said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” … Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst … Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (John 20: 24-29, NAB)
Do you have a doubting Thomas within you? Occasionally, my scientific, “prove it to me” brain says that there must be another explanation.
Unlike Thomas, we can not touch Christ’s wounds. But we can choose to squelch those doubts as soon as we feel them attempting to take root. When I have questioning thoughts, I think of my own personal experiences, the darkness in my life when I did not believe, and the increasing light as my faith has grown. Also, the times in my life when I have felt the presence of Jesus or Our Lady, or when I have felt the Holy Spirit at work.
Do you, too, have doubts? What do you do to prevent those doubts from growing?