"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives, and the one who seeks, finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7-8
Prayer is an essential tool for healing and is an excellent source of comfort, courage and strength for those who are suffering. During times of illness, disease or a life challenge, nothing is more important than to offer prayer and to join with others in assurance of these prayers.
In addition to prayer, the Saints protect us against harm, help strengthen our faith and offer spiritual guidance and healing. They are our models of prayer and their intercession helps present powerful prayers of healing to God on our behalf.
Our Patron Saints of Healing line offers hope and comfort to those who seek healing through the intercession of the Saints. Each holy card and medal set includes a high-quality prayer card that contains novena prayers specific to the affliction, a short biography of the patron saint and an oxidized silver patron saint medal.
Holy Card: Full-Color Cardstock 2-1/2" W x 4" H (closed)
Saint Medal: Oxidized Silver 1" H
Includes a full-color holy card with two healing prayers, a saint biography and an oxidized silver patron saint medal.
Matt Talbot was born May 2, 1856, the second of 12 children born to Charles and Elizabeth Talbot. He grew up in the poverty of Dublin's inner city and began drinking at age 12. He quickly became a chronic alcoholic and spent most of his teens and early adulthood frequenting pubs.
After 16 years of drinking, Matt decided to find a priest, go to confession, and take a pledge to stop drinking. He found sobriety through much prayer, daily Mass, hard work, and self-sacrifice.
Matt remained sober for 40 years until he died in 1925. Penitential chains were found wrapped around his body after his death and his reputation for holiness became widespread. In 1931, the Church made its first inquiry into Matt Talbot's life. The decree on his virtues was issued on October 3, 1975, by Pope Paul VI.
Venerable Matt Talbot is recognized today as the patron of those suffering from alcoholism. His life story has been an inspiration for alcoholics throughout the world.