Benedict XVI

[Jesus] is not just anyone; indeed he is the Friend and at the same time the One who is the Truth that gives life to men and women; and what he gives is not just any kind of joy but joy itself, a gift of the Holy Spirit. Yes, it is beautiful to live because I am loved and it is the Truth who loves me.

The Longing Heart Of Thomas

Thomas, you with longing heart
Did want to see and touch your risen Lord.
Your craving love for broken side and wounded hand
Did not doubt as many say;
Only wanted all, to touch and hold your risen Lord
with probing fingers in His hands and side.
For you believed He was the Christ and King of all
But longing for the eyes to see, and only then
to fall on bended knee, “My Lord and my God,”
This held you back from greatest trust,
to love and hold the unseen risen One
as many, many have through ages done.

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Polidoro da Caravaggio

Ezekiel 36: 25-26

I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impurities, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts.