The Word Among Us

January 2005 Issue

"I Ask Only Three Things . . ."

The Life of Venerable Matt Talbot

By: Ann Bottenhorn

Nothing ever happened to Matt Talbot, an ordinary Irish laborer of no great learning, no riches, no remarkable accomplishments. He lived in poverty and died, alone and unrecognized on a cold cobblestone lane, in Dublin. He left no family, no followers, no written discourses.

Scarcely anyone knew a thing about him. Yet within six months of his death, a brief biography sold 120,000 copies. Within a year, it had been...

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