Spiritual alchemy

The word “alchemy” is defined by my dictionary software as: “-An imaginary art which aimed to transmute the baser metals into gold, to find the panacea, or universal remedy for diseases, etc. It led the way to modern chemistry. [1913 Webster] – Miraculous power of transmuting something common into something precious. [1913 Webster]” In other …

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Take up the cross, and follow me

The Gospel reading for today’s Mass for the Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time is an appropriate one for a Friday, given the day’s significance as the day Jesus suffered and died. Mark 8:34-37 “And calling together the crowd with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone chooses to follow me, let …

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 Prayer Book for those Affected by Addiction

The Venerable Matt Talbot Resource Center recently posted a reminder as to the availability of a A Free Pocket Prayer Book. It is an initiative of the Irish Bishops. For the background, please see: Address by Bishop Noel Treanor. I got mine! The link for the download is in the VMTRC post. Get yours! Know someone, …

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Matt Talbot may be closer to sainthood!

Good news for devotees of the Venerable Matt Talbot! According to this article in the Irish Catholic, a new miracle may put him on road to sainthood. Special thanks to the curator of the Matt Talbot Facebook Page for posting about this. Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take …

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Matt Talbot Way of Recovery on Facebook and Google+

I have been running the Matt Talbot Way of Recovery email discussion group on Yahoo since December 2011, and like past endeavors of mine to establish a Catholic-based recovery discussion community, it has its busy times and ghost-town echo chamber times. I am debating on whether or not to shut it down. Since it is …

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Matt Talbot site in Polish!

The creator of the Matt Talbot Facebook Page also has a website for Matt in Polish: Strona poświęcona życiu Czcigodnego Sługi Bożego Mateusza Talbota (Via Mateusza Talbota.) So if you are Polish or speak the language, support the site! Thank you! Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a …

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Matt Talbot Facebook Page

For those of you on Facebook, someone has created a Matt Talbot Facebook Page, about life of Venerable Matt Talbot. Go and “Like” it! Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)”The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts” and “The Stations of …

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Religious solutions to alcoholism

Many 12 Steppers usually scoff at “religious” solutions to addiction, and perhaps rightly so due to the low success rate (forgetting that AA has a very low success rate, too.) Maybe they also think that religious observance is pointless and is also an “easier, softer, way.” HA! I think the main reason that religious solutions …

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Matt Talbot Way of Recovery

The launch of the “revived Catholic-based recovery network” is on! I actually started it last night, on the Vigil of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is called the “Matt Talbot Way of Recovery.” Although Matt Talbot is widely associated with recovery from alcoholism, his way to sobriety can be applied to all …

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(Almost) Feast of Matt Talbot

Today was the Solemnity of All Saints, the Feast in which the Church celebrates all Saints in Heaven, from the known (on the formal list, or canon, of Saints and Blesseds) to the unknown, (those who are in Heaven but known only to God). Therefore it occurred to me at Mass tonight that today is …

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