Sunday, January 27, 2019

Venerable Matt Talbot Readership by Countries

Some writers maintain that the name of Matt Talbot is not well
known outside of Ireland. That may remain true for certain countries but less so for others.

Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland in August 2018 and kissing a Matt Talbot relic surely increased awareness of Matt worldwide, especially for Catholics.

To see what the top ten countries are that have read about Matt Talbot posted on our Venerable Matt Talbot Resource Center blog over the past eight years indicates the following ranking: United States (53%), Russia, Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Ukraine, Canada, Poland, and China.

Viewing just this past month's readership about Matt Talbot, the United States and Russia far exceeded Singapore, Poland, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Canada, Germany, and Unknown Region.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Beginning Each Day Anew

Paul S. posted  the following in the community Matt Talbot Prayer Group on January 14, 2019.
Today the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. When we are baptized, whether as infants or as adult converts, we are "born again," born into the life of grace and we become the adopted sons and daughters of the Father. 

We can take this to heart as people suffering from addictions; when we recover, we are "born anew," ready to recover a life we are meant to lead. If you are a member of this Group because someone else in your life is an addict or alcoholic, then you may be a witness to their rebirth.

Everyone of us begins each day anew; each day is another chance to start afresh. Each day we can contemplate our baptism and what it means for us to be children of God. Rather than regard our baptism as something that happened at some point in the past, or was just a nice ceremony welcoming us into the Church, we can look to it for inspiration to resist sin, start anew and grow closer to God. We are His children. That is a profound declaration. Many can spend years meditating on that fact.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Announcing the “Matt Talbot Prayer Group”

Paul S. at has announced a new online prayer and fellowship group “to encourage one another in our sobriety and recovery from addictions.” Consider joining and/or pass the link to others.
In addition, note other relevant information available at Paul's blog.