Thursday, May 31, 2018

Stained Glass Window of Venerable Matt Talbot

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 “Became an alcoholic in his early teens. At the age of 28, he went to confession and never touched alcohol again (41 more years). Lived a life of prayer, daily Mass, hard work and penance.”


Monday, May 21, 2018

Mary, Mother of the Church, Help Our Faith

Earlier today Pope Francis celebrated the first feast of Mary, Mother of the Church.

Since Venerable Matt Talbot had a very special relationship with Our Lady, he would greatly appreciate this addition to the liturgical calendar. 
A prayer card is available at


Open our ears to hear God’s
word and to recognize his voice
and call. Awaken in us a desire to
follow in his footsteps, to go forth
from our own land and to receive
his promise. Help us to be
touched by his love, that we may
touch him in faith. Help us to
entrust ourselves fully to him and
to believe in his love, especially
at times of trial, beneath the
shadow of the cross, when our
faith is called to mature. Sow in
our faith the joy of the Risen One.
Remind us that those who believe
are never alone. Teach us to see
all things with the eyes of Jesus,
that he may be light for our path.
And may this light of faith always
increase in us, until the dawn of
that undying day which is Christ
himself, your Son, our Lord!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

New Icon of Venerable Matt Talbot

On February 5, 2018 Gregory posted the following comment at “Some time ago I wrote to Juliet Venter asking if she would like to prepare a new icon of Venerable Matt Talbot. After some time a beautiful icon was created.”

Icon Matt Talbot Juliet Venter 2018

Juliet's commentary in creating this icon can be read at

Saturday, May 5, 2018

A Friend of God

There are saints who sweep across the sky of their generation like blazing comets signaling the reality and glory of God. Others silently earn grace for a world blind to their presence. Matt Talbot, the friend of God whose life began on 2 May 1856, conversion and sobriety in 1884, and ended on Dublin’s Granby Lane on 7 June 1925, was one of those hidden holy. 

“Lord, you give us the example of Venerable Matt Talbot as a man who seemed completely lost and beyond your grace. In a single moment, you pierced his heart and changed his mind, leading him back to you. Jesus, I pray for this same conversion and transformation for _________ in your perfect will and timing and for your greater glory. Amen.”