They were poor in earthly things but rich in grace and virtue. Outwardly destitute, inwardly they were full of grace and divine consolation. Strangers to the world, they were close and intimate friends of God. To themselves they seemed as nothing, and they were despised by the world, but in the eyes of God they were precious and beloved.
In his book The Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis made a great statement about the Apostles. Let us learn from their example: