MATTHEW TALBOT: Inspiration and Hope for Alcoholics

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He was not wealthy.He was not educated.He was not well known.He was an alcoholic.But Matthew Talbot is on his way to becoming a saint.  *     *     *     *     *  Matthew Talbot was born in 1856 to a poor family in the North Strand area of Dublin, Ireland—the second of twelve children.  His father was a heavy drinker, as were most of his brothers.Matthew left school at the age of 12 to work in a wine merchant’s shop. It was there he began drinking, and he continued to drink … [Read more...]

A Tribute to the Jesuits on Their Feast Day

On July 31, the Society of Jesus marks the 456th anniversary of the death of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.  Born into a wealthy Basque family, Ignatius of Loyola (1491 – July 31, 1556) was a Spanish knight; but he was seriously wounded in the Battle of Pamplona in 1521.  During his long recovery, he experienced a spiritual awakening and was led to abandon his military career and devote himself to labor for God, following the example of St. Francis of Assisi.At the shrine of … [Read more...]

A New Doctor of the Church! (And Six Ladies Waiting.)

Six women, from throughout Europe.  They didn’t know one another; but each enjoyed a deep mystical relationship with God.  They are:Saint Veronica Giuliani –Italy Saint Hildegard of Bingen –Germany Saint Gertrude of Helfta –Germany Saint Bridget –Sweden Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque –France Blessed Julian of Norwich –EnglandThe common thread uniting these saints and blesseds—apart from their discernible sanctity—is that all are on the list to be considered for the title of “Doctor of the … [Read more...]


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