So much of what I saw in my mother's transition to heaven three months ago from Alzheimer's was similar to the journeys related in this book. It madeSo much of what I saw in my mother's transition to heaven three months ago from Alzheimer's was similar to the journeys related in this book. It made me feel secure in my hopes for my own death journey some day. ...more
Ok, I was really looking forward to this book because Matt Talbot has a great life story. But the way this book was written drove me insane. It was wrOk, I was really looking forward to this book because Matt Talbot has a great life story. But the way this book was written drove me insane. It was written in a hokey 1955 way, but it seemed like it was written much earlier. Anyway, it was repetitive and contained way too much useless detail. I ended up skimming most of the book pausing at Matt's own words and the words of witnesses who knew him. Matt Talbot's recovery from addiction is powerful. You can learn more about him from the official Matt Talbot website. He is in the process of being canonized.
This blurb is from the website. Matt Talbot (1856 - 1925) was born in the poverty of Dublin's inner city. He began drinking at twelve years of age and became a chronic alcoholic. It was the drug culture of the 19th century. Matt was an addict. After sixteen years he decided to 'kick the habit'. A priest helped him, giving him a rehabilitation programme, which providentially incorporated the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. That was fifty years before AA was founded. After a horrendous struggle, he found sobriety through prayer and self-sacrifice. His Higher Power was the Christian God. He remained sober for forty years until his death. His life story has been an inspiration for alcoholics and addicts throughout the world. He is a candidate for canonisation in the Catholic Church
from the book--here are some quotes of Matt's that I noted:
Dr. Moore warned Matt Talbot when he left the hospital in 1924 that he might die suddenly of heart disease at any time, when Mrs. Fylan heard this she urged Matt to carry in his pocket a piece of paper indicating his name and address, in case of an accident. But Matt replied "what do I need with my name and address? Won't God be with me when I die?"
God will not ask us how eleoquently we have spoken, but how well we have lived.
To know God and to understand His ways and to watch in His presence in all sanctity is the great end of life.
God is the wisdom of purified souls. Man can fly from evrything in nature but he cannot fly from himself.
Jesus Christ is at once the beginning, the way and the immortal end which we must strive to gain, but above all in Holy Communion he is the Life of our souls.
The Son of God by becoming man sanctified all the states and conditions of men. Jesus was not always preaching nor healing but he always prayed and suffered. [This one is my favorite quote. :)]
Let us heed what St. Bernard says: Who shall give water to my eyes now and fountains of tears to my head that I may prevent weeping in hell by weeping now?
St. John speaks of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. They are nothing else but the love of pleasures, the love of riches and the love of honour. st. John ii. 16
Virtue is one of the most excellent things in Heaven or on earth,and so few follow it.
It is not our bodily presence that makes us belong to the world, but an attachment, an affection for its miserable vanities. ...more