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Transcript of Mother Angelica
Despite her ongoing physical troubles, her wit and cheerfulness remain strong.
On April 20, 2013 she celebrated her 90th birthday.
"Nothing is too much for the Lord to do -- accent on the 'the Lord!'"
"If you have two legs and you're breathing --you're called to holiness, sweetheart."
“Simply believing in the existence of God is not exactly what I would call a commitment. After all, even the devil believes that God exists! Believing has to change the way we live.”
Recent Life of Mother Angelica
Mother Angelica's Influence
Contribution to Media
Our Lady of the Angels monastery established in 1962 in Hanceville, AL.
1996 she then initiated the building of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Mother Angelica first entered the media in 1969
Over the next 10 years she slowly integrated Catholicism into media by recording a radio program and publishing mini-books printed on her own printing press.
In 1978 She visited a baptist television station and immediately declared, "Lord, I gotta have one of these."
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
The Life of Mother Angelica
"Unless you are willing to do the ridiculous, God will not do the miraculous."
Controversies Involving Mother Angelica
Born on April 20th, 1923 in Canton, Ohio.
Parents: Mae Rizzo and John Rizzo.
Grew up in a nonreligious household.
Birth name: Rita Antoinette Rizzo
Worked at her mother's dry-cleaning business starting at age seven.
*Catholics United goes on offense against mother Angelica and EWTN
By: Brennan Elias, Marianne Brown, and Cailee Hamblen
In 1934 at age 11 Rita was saved from being hit by an oncoming car by “two hands” which picked her up and placed her back on the side of the road.
Rita suffered from ptosis of the stomach for many of her childhood teenage years.
In 1942, Rita met with a mystic named Rhonda Wise, who gave Rita a novena to Saint Therese. After praying the novena, Rita experienced a miraculous healing of her stomach.
After this miracle she received a spiritual awakening, full of thanksgiving to God and a desire to love Him.
Pre-Convent Maladies and Miracles
Her love for God continued to grow, and on August 15, 1944 Rita entered a Franciscan convent in Cleveland, OH.
She took the name Sister Mary Angelica of the Annunciation. She chose “Angelica” in remembrance of the angel that saved her from the oncoming car.
First Vows: January 2, 1947
Continued experiencing various ailments including: Pneumonia, tonsillectomy, and water on the knees.
Final Vows: January 2, 1953
Her Promise to God
She severely injured her back during an accident while cleaning
Before a serious back surgery, she promised God that if she could walk again, she would build a monastery
On July 24, 1961 grounds were broke for the building of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Irondale, Alabama
Gained the title “Mother Angelica”
Her commitment to God impacted others by serving to point them in the path of holiness.
This trust in God would only grow stronger in the face of suffering and disappointment.
Never doubted God when others would have given up, practicing what she coined as the "theology of risk."
Mother Angelica has written at least 50 religious booklets/mini books
"Theology of Risk"
Created the first Satellite Catholic TV Network in the U.S.
Built the station in the garage of the monastery.
On Aug. 15, 1981, EWTN began broadcasting four hours a day to 60,000 homes.
Now broadcasts 24 hours a day in 140 countries, reaching a potential 228 million homes in multiple languages.
Eternal Word Television Network
Mother Angelica created a way for major events to be reported in a Catholic context, allowing people to hear the full, unfiltered stories.
It also allowed coverage of events not shown by other networks.
Her Network continued to grow with the advancement of media, expanding to radio stations, digital news, and in 2011 EWTN bought an independent newspaper, the
National Catholic Register.
Since creating EWTN many other Catholic television stations have begun.
The Impact of EWTN
Mother Angelica on Being "Too Holy"
Chris Korzen, executive director of the fake Catholic organization ‘Catholics United’ stated that they will be going into the news business and will be “reporting on the activities of EWTN”
Teamed up with Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to neutralize the abortion issue by casting it in pro-Democratic Party terms
*When Mother Angelica and a handful of nuns began to settle in Irondale, the nearby population revolted.
Population of Irondale only 2% Catholic
Weekly shootings and vandalism targeted the monastery
Mother Angelica opposed the notion of ordaining women.
She also spoke out against the use of a women in the role of Jesus in the the Stations of the Cross at WYD 1993 -- "I’m tired of your inclusive language that refuses to admit that the son of God is a man!"
Disagreed with Cardinal Mahony's letter "Gather Faithfully Together," saying he questioned the Real Presence in the Eucharist.
"The idea of an orthodox, faithful woman leading people to Christ was a threat somehow." -Raymond Arroyo.