“The choice fell on Matthias, who was
added to the eleven apostles.” - Acts 1:26
“And just as He appeared before the holy Apostles in true flesh,
So now He has us see Him in the Sacred Bread. Looking at Him
with the eyes of their flesh, they saw only His flesh, but regarding
Him with the eyes of the spirit, they believed that He was God.
In like manner, as we see bread and wine with our
bodily eyes, let us see and believe firmly that it is
His Most Holy Body and Blood, True and Living.
For in this way our Lord is ever present among those
who believe in Him, according to what He said: “Behold, I am with
you all days even to the consummation of the world.” (Mt 28:20)"
St Francis of
Apostle, Martyr (stoned and beheaded)
+ 80 AD
FEAST DAY - May 14
Statue at St. Matthias Abbey in Trier, where relics of the Apostle are kept
Some parts of his doctrine were conserved by Clement of Alexandria. This sentence is attributed to St Matthias:
“We must combat the flesh, taking what advantages we can without giving it blameworthy delights. Regarding the soul, we should develop it through intelligence and faith.”
St Matthias, ora pro nobis!