||April 11, 2016 • VOL. 54, NO. 7 • Oakland, CA|
Mother Angelica's secret: Trust in His love
Mother Angelica, the nun who founded the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), passed away on March 27 at the age of 92. She is arguably the most influential Catholic woman and religious in the USA in the past 50 years. When she started her network in the garage of her convent in Alabama, she had no money, and, as she says in her autobiography "Among us fourteen Sisters, none of us could figure out how to adjust the color on the TV."
Through so many hours spent listening to the Lord, she discerned that He was asking her to start broadcasting. Prior to that she and her Sisters had supported themselves making fishing lures and roasting peanuts for sale at the local ballpark.
They also published booklets and pamphlets on religious topics to spread the Good News. She started the network with no money — depending totally on Divine Providence. She figured that if God asked her to do something, He would supply the means. And so He did. And so He has.
I admire her because, coming from a working class family in Ohio, and growing up poor (her father abandoned her and her mother when she was young) she could connect with working class people. Through broadcasting Mass, the rosary and programs on faith and devotion, she helped connect people with Jesus.
No matter what controversial topic was being discussed (and there were many), she always led her listeners to know they were loved deeply by Our Lord.
People are hungry for the supernatural. They are hungry to participate in devotions to connect them with the mercy and love of God.
In the end, it was not about her, but about Jesus. I say this with certainty, because for the last 15 years of her life, Mother Angelica suffered from the effects of a debilitating stroke. She couldn't speak, could barely move, and had a feeding tube. All she could do was pray. Through her last 15 years, she taught us the salvific value of suffering.
Mother Angelica's secret was to live with God in the present moment, trust in His love and spend herself entirely in His service. May she enjoy her eternal reward!
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