Thursday, August 14, 2014

Venerable Matt Talbot - A Prodigal Son

The following two posts are found at, where Fr. Brian Lawless, Vice-Postulator of the Cause for Canonisation of Venerable Matt Talbot, leads the Parish Team.

July 20, 2014 post

At the age of 28 Matt Talbot had his conversion experience which changed not only his life but the lives of so many others. Matt’s conversion was also his home-coming.

A conversion experience is always a home-coming:
- turning away from an
- being reconciled with our family,
- forgiving an old hurt,
- going to confession after a long absence.

Once we are there we look back and wonder at our resistance.
Here was something that we needed in order to live, and yet we did not recognise it;
the truth of ourselves demanded it, and yet we did not accept to do it.

Now, Lord, by your grace, we know that your Word has been made flesh
and found a home in us.

Lord, be with all those who are homeless and alone tonight.

July 12, 2014 post

Today, we pray with one voice, asking that each of those suffering from the spiritual death of addiction will be liberated from the bonds of compulsion and craving; that the hold of these harmful behaviors will be released forever.

We call to you, Lord Jesus, that like the Prodigal Son, that our brothers and sisters, held in the grip of death by addiction, will be able to return to a life free from harmful dependence.

Matt Talbot was led out of the despair of dependence, by living and working in prayerful devotion. He was dedicated to helping others. Through abstinence, prayer, the Sacraments, and reading of the Word, he was saved. Today, we ask that each of the addicted be led out of the shadows and into the light of hope.

With the example of this humble servant, and all the Saints who have struggled and prevailed, we ask that our plea for sobriety be heard, and that the energy needed for recovery will be available to all who seek Your help.

Show us the way out of addiction. Lead us to a new life of Faith.Teach us, through the example of Matt Talbot, the discipline of living addiction free lives.

Send each of those who suffer from addictive behavior the strength and courage needed to overcome dependence. Inspire us to seek abstinence and sobriety in our day to day lives, to live as Matt Talbot lived, by the light of Your Holy Spirit, and the guidance of Your redeeming grace, as we seek recovery. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.