Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Pope confirms plans to visit Dublin in August

The World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin Aug. 21-26  2018.  Vatican  News (and numerous news sources)  stated today that Pope Francis will preside at the closing ceremonies on the final two days (

While most of us would like for the pope to visit Venerable Matt Talbot’s Shrine, the brevity of his visit probably precludes it, but we can hope that he at least acknowledges Matt during his visit.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Parable of Two Wolves

An old Cherokee Chief is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Footnote: A group of Native Americans visited Dublin in 2000 for a special Mass to support the beatification of Matt Talbot.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Venerable Matt Talbot: Pray For Us

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This is just one of many online photographs of the Matt Talbot Monument, near Dublin’s Matt Talbot Bridge. The sculpture is by James Power (1918-2009), one of Ireland’s most respected sculptors.