Sunday, November 18, 2012
Seeking relics of Matt Talbot
In his book, Dublin Folk Tales (2012), storyteller Brendan Nolan includes the story of “Matt Talbot’s bed.” In it “you will read about the neighbour of Matt who sold bits of the dead man’s bed until there was no more to be had and then produced an unending supply of relics for sale.”
While we might chuckle at such an enterprising neighbour, we must be extremely careful about what is purported to be an authentic relic that is offered for sale. For example, two recent relics of Matt Talbot has been offered on online, one purporting to be earth from Matt’s gravehttp://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1925-matt-talbot-earth-grave-133888124) and another which claims to be a particle from his wooden pillow (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Reliquary-Relic-Venerable-Matt-Talbot-IRISH-Piety-Charity-Saint-of-Alcoholics-/120997540123?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c2c03f11b).
As for relics sold on eBay, the follow links address their perspective