Saturday, July 31, 2010

A New "Official" Matt Talbot Website Forthcoming

In our February 28, 2010 post (The "Official" Venerable Matt Talbot Website has Moved), we noted that the official Matt Talbot website link had changed from its original to
We have recently learned from Fr. Brian Lawless, Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Matt Talbot, that a significantly comprehensive official website is being developed and perhaps operational in mid-September, 2010. To quote Fr. Brian in his email, "I am hoping to have a new official website designed and this is in process as I write {July 19, 2010}. It will include information as well as photographs and videos, a place were we can all share our thoughts, hopes and prayers, a place above all to advance the spirituality and the cause for the Beatification and Canonisation of the Ven. Matt Talbot."

Friday, July 30, 2010

2010 Dublin Diocesan Matt Talbot Committee

The current Matt Talbot Committee's Executive Chairman is V. Rev. Brian Lawless, the new Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Matt Talbot. (JB)

Chairman: Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin
Executive Chairman: V. Rev. Brian Lawless
Secretary: Appointment Pending

Members: Mr. Patrick Behan, Mr. Thomas Brennan,
Brother Christopher Carroll, Mrs. Patricia Ferrari,
Mr. Anthony Malone, Mrs. Mary McCann,
Rev. Bernard McGuckian, S.J.,Mr. Gerard McLaughlin,
Mr. Bernard Nolan, V. Rev. Michael Casey, Adm.
Paula Murray, Vera Brady.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

How Does "Blessed" Differ From "Venerable?"

"Ask a Franciscan"
St. Anthony Messenger
August 2010

Q: In the process of canonizing someone, what is the difference between Blessed and Venerable? I am very fond of Venerable Matt Talbot (1856-1925), who achieved sobriety after years of battling alcoholism. Do you have any information about the status of his cause?

A: The progression of titles is Servant of God (cause has been completed on the diocesan level and accepted in Rome), Venerable (a person's life and writings have been investigated and found to reflect heroic virtue), Blessed (can be venerated liturgically in certain places or by certain groups of people) and Saint (can be venerated liturgically throughout the world).

A person moves from Venerable to Blessed in one of two ways: he or she is judged to have died because of "hatred for the faith" or he or she is judged to have been involved in the miraculous cure of an individual. A second miracle is needed to be declared a saint.

In our world of instant communication, the local-versus-worldwide distinction regarding veneration has become harder to maintain. Blessed Padre Pio (1887-1968) was venerated far beyond Italy and the Capuchin family before his canonization in 2002. Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) inspires some people much more than many canonized saints. Both were widely admired before they were beatified.

Matt Talbot was declared Venerable in 1975. A miracle is needed before he can be beatified. A Venerable Matt Talbot Resource Center is available on the Internet.