When discussing cultural heritage, the emphasis should not be on the burden of preservation as such, but on the opportunity to renew, to rethink one’s vocation and to recompose it in the current socio-cultural context and to dream for a better future.
In their role of “headship” of the Church, Pope and Bishops, embody the paradox that Catholicism recognizes as the only real path to Truth—and notwithstanding the power and authority bestowed on them, they do so through their personal poverty.
Had Thomas doubted? Thomas had not doubted that Jesus was “the Way.” But Thomas had doubted: himself above all others. The thing is, Thomas could not trust one, but not the other. The thing is, he could no longer live that ambivalence. And Jesus now gave him the gift: he would never be able to doubt again, at least not himself.