Never one with a strong sense of direction, or any sense of direction for that matter, I took a wrong turn in Dublin recently and ended up on Sean McDermott Street. The name is synonymous with that of the Venerable Matt Talbot, the patron saint* of addiction. His body lies in the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in the heart of Dublin.
I’d been to visit him before. But last time it was closed.
Wandering around the church, I spotted something I’d not seen before: the Sacred Heart of Monto.
But even that wasn’t what stopped me in my tracks. It was this – a simple frame holding the story of Mary’s dream.
I’m grateful for wrong turns and getting lost…
- Though he has not yet been formally recognized as a saint, Matt Talbot has been declared Venerable and is considered a patron of those struggling with alcoholism.