Sunday, October 31, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
This is a picture of a painting of Matt Talbot by Mother Margaret Mary Realis, R.S.C.J. It appears at two links. One is included in Life of Matt Talbot (1942) by Sir Joseph A. Glynn online at http://www.archive.org/stream/MN5135ucmf_8#page/n117/mode/2up , facing page 80.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Besides reading this chapter, it would be worthwhile to read the Preface and Introduction to this tradition, although some pages are not included.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
By Deacon Bob Yerhot
A neighboring priest, rather well known in an adjoining diocese, recently made me aware of Venerable Matt Talbot. Talbot was born the second of twelve children of Charles and Elizabeth Talbot in Dublin, Ireland on May 2, 1856. His father was a drinker, and Matt began drinking at age 12 and quickly became an alcoholic. In 1884, in dire straits, he went to Holy Cross College and pledged to not drink for three months. After the three months, he resolved to not drink for six months, and then later for life. He died in 1925 of a heart attack on the way to Mass.
For the next forty years he remained sober. He attended daily Mass, repaid all his debts and was very keen in his sense of justice to others. He gave his time and energy to others. He fasted rigorously, rose each day at 5 AM to attend Mass and spent hours each morning on his knees in prayer.
It is said that Matt Talbot is the “saint in overalls.” He would kneel outside the doors of the church and once inside, would prostrate himself before the Eucharist before entering the pew. Every Sunday he would spend seven hours in church without moving, kneeling the whole time. He did this every Sunday for forty years.
There is a prayer that one can say for a friend or family member who is afflicted by alcoholism or another form of chemical dependency. Make a novena out of it, i.e., say it for nine days.
God of mercy, we bless You in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who ministered to all who came to Him.
Give Your strength to ____, Your servant, bound by the chains of addiction.
Enfold him/her in Your love and restore him/her to the freedom of God’s children.
Lord, look with compassion on all those who have lost their health and freedom.
Restore to them the assurance of Your unfailing mercy, and strengthen them in the work of recovery.
To those who care for them, grant patient understanding and a love that perseveres.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thank you Venerable Matt Talbot!
Note: We might never assume that others know of Venerable Matt Talbot, such as Deacon Bob until recently. Therefore, we might always be prepared to provide information about Matt Talbot to others. (JB)