Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Remembering Venerable Matt Talbot

Whereas a feast day is only officially declared by the Church when a holy person is canonized, multiple websites list holy persons who are not yet canonized as “Saint of the Day” but with different calendar dates. Such is the case with Venerable Matt Talbot. 

We have previously noted various feast day dates or what we call Remembrance Day for Venerable Matt Talbot.  Most sites lists either June 18 or June 19. One very popular “Saint of the Day” website, however, lists Matt Talbot for June 18 at one of their links
(http://www.americancatholic.org/features/saintofday/default.aspx) and June 19 at another (http://www.americancatholic.org/features/saints/saint.aspx?id=1418,although  the recorded message at both links refer to only the June 18th date. (Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio to Ireland, posted “Year of Faith-The Saints-Ven. Matt Talbot” on June 19 at http://homiliesarchbishopcharlesbrown.blogspot.com/2013/06/year-of-faith-saints-ven-matt-talbot.html)
A third date that seems to be on the increase is June 7, the date of Matt Talbot’s death, such as at http://www.catholicireland.net/saintoftheday/matt-talbot-the-workers-saint/, http://www.loyolapress.com/saints-stories-for-kids.htm?cId=403542, http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2011/06/naomh-lae-saint-of-day_07.html, and http://www.gloria.tv/?media=163920). This may be the date that will be selected by the Church upon his canonization. Of course, each of us may choose to remember Matt each and every day.