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« on: July 17, 2007, 12:12:03 PM »

I have a question specifically for our Indian friends, but if anyone knows, please share. My parish is named for St. Thomas, and my priest has been searching for information on his family. At the heart of this issue is St. Paul's statement from I Corinthians 9:5: "Don't we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord's brothers and Cephas?" It seems that he is saying that all the apostles except him are married, yet none of us have been able to find any record of St. Thomas' wife. Does anyone know anything about her, if he indeed was married? I and my parish would love to find out.
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2007, 12:49:05 PM »

I do know that there are stories about the Apostle Thomas encouraging married couples (including newlyweds) to remain virgins, so one could assume that he was either unmarried or celibate within marriage (to follow his own advice). Not exactly what you were asking for, but that's all I can really think of.
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2007, 12:53:18 PM »

Is this where the 'Shakers' get their weird (and dying out) sect?
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2007, 01:00:15 PM »

I don't think all the Apostles were married.  St. John, one of the 12, was also celibate and did not marry.  St. Paul was probably just mentioning those who were married, like St. Peter, but no all of them.  Not sure about St. Thomas, but it would be interesting to find out.

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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2007, 06:25:22 PM »

Some historians link Kenotic asceticism to Apostle Thomas.

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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2007, 06:45:10 PM »

According to Indian Church history, St. Thomas was unmarried. The Apostle is described as a person with qualities of an ascetic and considered the father of kenotic asceticism. He would go to mountains and caves to pray. There are such places associated with Apostle Thomas in India where people go as pilgrims.

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