Sunday, February 28, 2010

The "Official" Venerable Matt Talbot Website has Moved

The official Venerable Matt Talbot website in Dublin ( was withdrawn from the internet in late 2009 and has been replaced with the new link at

Listed under the main menu to the left of your screen, click "Matt Talbot" or go to According to Rev. Damian F. O'Reilly, current Vice-Postulator of the Cause of Matt Talbot in Dublin, the website move was done in order to reduce expenses.

While the contents of the original website were not transferred to the new Matt Talbot website, those contents are still available online at Please note, however, that the "Contact Us" information is outdated.

Note: We are grateful to Paul at for the archive link reference and the value of the "Wayback Machine" at

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Talk to the Saints during Lent

As one of her "12 Ways to Pray During Lent," Therese Borchard suggests that her readers talk with various saints during Lent, including the Venerable Matt Talbot if struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction. (JB)

Talk to the Saints ( Slide 12)

Yes, as a typical Catholic, I'm crazy about the saints. Why wouldn't I be? They have every neurosis and insecurity covered! St. Joseph takes care of those prone to panic attacks while traveling. For twitching, Bartholomew the Apostle is your dude. Those roaming the house in their sleep can call on Dymphna. The Venerable Matt Talbot is patron saint to those struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction. And, of course, St. Jude covers the hopeless causes.

Personally, I pray a novena to Saint Therese every day--during Lent and every other liturgical season. Maybe it's because I was named after her, but this saint's "little ways" to God are much more appealing than the heady theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas. In reading words by Therese, I'm comforted because she experienced the same annoyances and distractions that I do. And she's a saint!

I also have a special devotion to Mary. Now that I'm a mom, I can appreciate how much she must have suffered watching her Son be crucified. I also know if I beg her to deliver a message to her boy, she'll be sure it gets there. She's a mom. She's responsible.


Note: Theresa J. Borchard is the author of the spirituality and mental health blog, Beyond Blue, at (