Question from on 05-01-2007:
Since Saint Thomas was not in the room when Jesus breathed the Holy Spririt into the apostles, when did he receive it? And did he recieve it from Christ Himself at a later visit?
Answer by Fr. John Echert on 05-13-2007:
This detail has not been explicitly revealed. It is possible that he received the Holy Spirit in the moment that he professed his faith in the Risen Christ, or he may have received the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit for the first time at Pentecost. It should be noted that the breathing of the Holy Spirit was not for the conferral of sanctifying grace, which the Apostles almost certainly already possessed (except Judas), but for the special presence and assistance of the Holy Spirit.