Sunday, May 22, 2016

Remembering the Venerable Matt Talbot on Trinity Sunday

Being Trinity Sunday today, I am thinking a lot about my heavenly friend, the Venerable Matt Talbot. Matt died while on walking to Mass on Granby Lane in Dublin on Trinity Sunday in 1925. He was buried the following Sunday, which was Corpus Christi, which is wholly fitting for someone who loved the Blessed Sacrament as much as Matt did.

Reading about Matt the other day I came across this: "Decades later [after Matt's death], a visiting Italian priest went privately to pray at the grave of the Dublin worker he had heard so much about. In 1975, and after the due process had been completed, that same cleric, now Pope Paul VI, bestowed a new title upon that Irish workman: Venerable Matt Talbot."

Prayer for the Canonization of Matt Talbot:
Lord, in your servant, Matt Talbot you
have given us a wonderful example of
triumph over addiction, of devotion to
duty, and of lifelong reverence for the
Holy Sacrament. May his life of
prayer and penance give us courage
to take up our crosses and follow in the
footsteps of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Father, if it be your will that your
beloved servant should be glorified by
your Church, make known by your
heavenly favours the power he enjoys in
your sight. We ask this through the
same Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen
Please join me in praying that Papa Begoglio, who will visit Ireland in 2018, in his paternal tenderness, will make Matt Blessed. His intercession works miracles all the time.

Venerable Matt, pray for us.

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