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Born to a poor family with a history of alcoholism, Matt took to drink when still a child, and was considered a hopeless alcoholic by age thirteen. At age 28, he had conversion experience and, on his knees, he made a pledge of sobriety; he lived another 41 years without ever breaking that vow.
He was a member of the Transport and General Workers Union, and worked in a lumber yard on the docks of Dublin, Ireland. He was always poor and never cared, yet was always generous to people in need. He lived a life of prayer, fasting, and service, never taking credit, and, though a layman, tried to model himself on the sixth century Irish monks.
Even as his Cause is being investigated, some consider him a modern patron of alcoholics and other addicts. There are a number of Matt Talbot houses, inns, centers, etc. around the English speaking world, working to rescue and treat the addicted.
- Matt Talbot, by Eddie Doherty and Rob Huston
- Matt Talbot and His Times, by Mary Purcell
- Matt Talbot: His Struggle, His Victory Over Alcoholism, by Susan Helen Wallace
- Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints
- Remembering Matt Talbot, by Mary Purcell
- Talbot’s Box, by Thomas Kilroy
- To Slake a Thirst: The Matt Talbot Way to Sobriety, by Philip Maynard
- Venerable Matt Talbot
- Catholic Ireland
- Catholic Online
- Hagiography Circle
- Intermountain Catholic
- Irish Central
- Prayer Calendar
- Saints for Sinners
- Saints Stories for All Ages
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