Monday, January 30, 2012

A ceramic image of Venerable Matt Talbot

[This hand-made 11" ceramic creation of Venerable Matt Talbot is an original design by Fr. Maur van Doorslaer, O.S.B., that helps support the St. Andrew’s Abbey in California. It is available at]

Website description of image:
“Venerable Matt Talbot [1856-1925] was born the 2nd of 12 children into a poor family in Dublin. He began drinking at 12 and was an alcoholic by age 13. Matt had a conversion experience on his knees at 28. He made a pledge of sobriety, which he kept until his death 41 years later. He worked in a lumberyard on the docks of Dublin, as did his father and grandfather. He was always poor and yet always generous to those in need. He lived a life of fasting, prayer and service imitating the Irish monks of the 6th Century. He is shown with symbols of his devotion to the Eucharist, to Mary and to the Word of God and with the chains of his addiction. He is considered a modern patron of alcoholics. He died on June 7, 1925.”

Monday, January 16, 2012

Ebook on the Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics (and Others)

Paul at Sober Catholic ( and Moderator of the Matt Talbot way of Recovery Yahoo Support Group ( has recently published a devotional Ebook entitled, “The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics.”
It is available online for a $2.99 download through at Available on this order page is a free review sample of the contents and two book reviews.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Reciting the story of Matt Talbot

In this 8 minutes 2011 video by Milk and Cookie Stories, a non-profit arts collective based in Dublin, Ireland, Una Shaw tells a story about Matt Talbot. Information about Milk and Cookie Stories can be found at and this video at or below.