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A Friend in Matt Talbot


Venerable Matt Talbot is known worldwide as the patron of alcoholics, but his disease is only one part of his life. It doesn’t paint the full picture. Talbot gave money he didn’t have to the needy and was dedicated to a life of prayer, sacrifice, and service to others.


God of healing, your faithful servant,
Matt Talbot,
lost years to his disease.
But no malady is beyond
your ability to heal.
May those who struggle with addiction know your voice
and loving care.
May those who are bound
by their vices be freed to feel the grace
that only your love can provide.


If you struggle or have struggled with drug or alcohol dependency, you have a friend in Matt Talbot—as well as a God who knows your pain and will love you through it. Offer this prayer as a way of giving thanks.

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