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Thought for the Day – 7 June – The Memorial of Venerable Matt Talbot (1856 – 1925)

Thought for the Day – 7 June – The Memorial of Venerable Matt Talbot (1856 – 1925)

He was a drunk and now he is on the path to Sainthood!

Matt can be considered the patron of men and women struggling with alcoholism.   He was born in Dublin, where his father worked on the docks and had a difficult time supporting his family.   After a few years of schooling, Matt obtained work as a messenger for some liquor merchants; there he began to drink excessively.   For 15 years—until he was almost 30—Matt was an active alcoholic.

One day he decided to take “the pledge” for three months, make a general confession and begin to attend daily Mass.   There is evidence that Matt’s first seven years after taking the pledge were especially difficult.   Avoiding his former drinking places was hard.   He began to pray, as intensely as he used to drink.   He also tried to pay back people from whom he had borrowed or stolen money while he was drinking.

Most of his life Matt worked as a builder’s labourer.   He joined the Secular Franciscan Order and began a life of strict penance;  he abstained from meat nine months a year. Matt spent hours every night avidly reading Scripture and the lives of the saints.   He prayed the rosary conscientiously.   Though his job did not make him rich, Matt contributed generously to the missions.

After 1923, his health failed and Matt was forced to quit work.   He died on his way to Mass on Trinity Sunday.   Fifty years later, Pope Paul VI gave him the title Venerable.

In looking at the life of Matt Talbot, we may easily focus on the later years when he had stopped drinking for some time and was leading a penitential life.   Only alcoholic men and women who have stopped drinking, can fully appreciate, how difficult the earliest years of sobriety were for Matt.

He had to take one day at a time. So do the rest of us.

More about Venerable Matt here:

Venerable Matt Talbot – Pray for us!ven-matt-talbot-pray-for-us-2-7 june 2017


Quote/s of the Day – 7 June – Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of Venerable Matt Talbot (1856 – 1925)

Quote/s of the Day – 7 June – Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of Venerable Matt Talbot (1856 – 1925)

“How can anyone be lonely,
with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament?”how-can-anyone-be-lonely-ven-matt-talbot- 7 june 2017

“O Virgin I ask three things from you:
the grace of God,
the presence of God,
the blessing of God”

“O blessed Mother,
obtain for me from Jesus,
that I may participate in His folly.”

Venerable Matt Talbot (1856 – 1925)o blessed Mother and O Virgin, I ask three things from you - ven matt talbot - 7 june 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 7 June – Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B

One Minute Reflection – 7 June – Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Mark 12:28-34.

Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel!   The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.’
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’  There is no other commandment greater than these.” …Mark 12:29-31

REFLECTION – “We cannot truly love God without loving our neighbour, nor can we truly love our neighbour, without loving God.   This is why… the Holy Spirit was given a second time to the disciples.   First it was given by the Lord, while He was still dwelling on earth and later, while He was watching over us in heaven (Jn 20:22; Acts 2).   He was given to us on earth, that we may love our neighbours, from heaven that we may love God.   Why first on earth and later from heaven, except for the reason, given us openly by John:  “How can anyone who does not love his brother whom he sees, love God whom he does not see?”   So let us love our neighbours, my friends, let us love the one who is near us, so that we may be able to attain the love of the one, who is above us.”…St Gregory the Great (c 540-604), Pope, Doctor of the Church (Homilies on the Gospel, no 30)so let us love our neighbours and you must love the lord your god - st pope gregory and mark 12 30-31 - 7 june 2018

PRAYER – Lord Almighty God, You sanctify Your Church, by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Fulfil in us the words of Your Son that our love for You and Your children may be come to perfection.   Grant that by the prayers of St Anthony Mary Gianelli, who served You through his neighbour, with love and zeal, we too may attain our heavenly home. Through Christ our Lord, in union with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, anthony mary gianelli - pray for us - 7 june 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 7 June – Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 7 June – Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B

Give me Yourself, O my God,
St Augustine (354-430) Doctor of Grace

Give me Yourself, O my God,
give Yourself to me.
Behold I love You,
and if my love is too weak a thing,
grant me to love You more strongly.
I cannot measure my love to know how much
it falls short, of being sufficient
but let my soul hasten to Your embrace
and never be turned away, until it is hidden,
in the secret shelter, of Your presence.
This only do I know,
that it is not good for me
when You are not with me,
when You are only outside me.
I want You in my very self.
All the plenty in the world
which is not my God is utter want.
Amengive me yourself o my god - prayer of st augustine - act of petition - 22 april 2018 no 2 - 4th sun of easter year B

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Saint of the Day – 7 June – St Anthony Mary Gianelli (1789-1846)

Saint of the Day – 7 June – St Anthony Mary Gianelli (1789-1846) Bishop, Founder, eloquent Preacher, Apostle of Charity and evangelisation – born Antonio Maria Gianelli on 12 April 1789 at Cerreto, Italy – died on 7 June 1846 of a serious fever.  Patronages – Bobbio, Val di Vara, Sisters of Our Lady of the Garden.     St Anthony Mary was also the founder of the Missionaries of St Alphonsus, the Oblates of St Alphonsus and the Sisters of Our Lady of the Garden.   Gianelli was dedicated to the educational needs of his people and catered to their spiritual and material needs as well;  he was on hand to aid the ill and the poor and made evangelisation a focus to his episcopal mission.   He likewise preached missions and became known for his charisma and his eloquence.St. Peter's - Altar of Crucifixion of St Peter St Anthony Maria Gianelli

Anthony Maria Gianelli was born in 1789 into a middle-class family living near Genoa in the north of Italy.   As a child, people were often struck by his gentle nature, industriousness and extraordinary intelligence.   When he came of age, the lady who owned the farm his family lived on, became his generous benefactress and financed his schooling and entry into the ecclesiastical seminary in Genoa.

He quickly distinguished himself by his virtue and exceptional eloquence, thus earning him the unusual privilege of being allowed to preach while still a subdeacon.     In 1812, when he was twenty-three years old, he was granted special dispensation to be ordained a priest two years before the required canonical age.


Although Fr Anthony was dedicated to his educational work, he also devoted himself to the work of preaching and hosting missions which resulted in a great harvest of souls. All this was in addition to all his ordinary duties and functions as a parish priest – indeed, he was often confined to his confessional for long stretches of time in order to accommodate the endless stream of penitents who flocked to him for spiritual aid.

He was ordained a bishop in 1838 and appointed to the diocese of Bobbio, where he led his flock by his extraordinary example of virtue, prudence and firm government.   He organised the Society of Saint Raphael and Society of Saint Dorothea to instruct the faithful in his diocese and restored devotion to Saint Columbanus in his diocese. He conducted two synods and was constantly on the road from parish to parish, visiting his flock.

Before his death from a fever in 1846, at the age of fifty-seven, Bishop Gianelli founded three religious orders – two for men and one for women.   The Missionaries of St Alphonsus and the Oblates of St Alphonsus were established in 1827-1828 but sadly, both lasted only twenty years.gianelli 2

The Sisters of Our Lady of the Garden were founded in 1829 and dedicated their lives to teaching poor children and caring for the ill and infirm.   They are still active and well known today in Italy and in other parts of the world as well.

Anthony Gianelli was canonised in on 25 October 1951 by Pope Pius XII.800px-Bobbio-duomo3Carro-santuario_di_Cerreta-statua_Antonio_Maria_Gianelli

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Memorials of the Saints – 7 June

Bl Anne of Saint Bartholomew
St Anthony Mary Gianelli (1789-1846)

St Aventinus of Larboust
Bl Basilissa Fernandez
St Colman of Dromore
Bl Demosthenes Ranzi
St Deochar
St Gotteschalk
St Justus of Condat
St Landulf of Yariglia
St Lycarion of Egypt
Venerable Matt Talbot (1856 – 1925)

St Meriadoc I of Vannes
St Meriadoc II of Vannes
St Odo of Massay
St Potamiaena of Alexandria the Younger
St Quirinus of Cluny
St Robert of Newminster
St Sergius of Cluny
St Vulflagius of Abbeville

Martyrs of Africa – 7 saints: A group of seven Christians who were martyred together. No details about them have survived except the names – Donata, Evasius, Guirillus, Januaria, Privata, Spisinna, Victurus. The precise location in Africa and date are unknown.

Martyred in Córdoba, Spain:
Habentius of Córdoba
Jeremiah of Córdoba
Peter of Córdoba
Sabinian of Córdoba
Wallabonsus of Córdoba
Wistremundus of Córdoba