Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Prayer to Matt Talbot on behalf of marginalized people

Whereas prayers to Matt Talbot are almost entirely focused on him as the patron for alcoholics and other addicts, this prayer was posted on a parish website that also views Matt among social justice saints and saintly people (JB)

Matthew Talbot, you were born into poverty, among a marginalized people, and you went right to the edge as an alcoholic.

By the same grace that rescued you from alienation and despair, we ask your intercession today on behalf of all who are marginalized in this world.

See how the strong prey upon the weak and the violence and despair and alienation and oppression which afflicts so many.

We pray that your example of solidarity with the poor will be an inspiration for many to follow your holy example. Amen