NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The extraordinary saga of Mother Angelica--who passed away on Easter, 2016--founder of the multimillion-dollar Eternal Word Television Network and “the most influential Catholic woman in America” according to Time magazine In 1981, the year after Ted Turner founded CNN, a simple nun, using merely her entrepreneurial instincts and $200, launched what would become the world’ s largest religious media empire in the garage of a Birmingham, Alabama, monastery. Under her guidance, the Eternal Word Television Network grew at a staggering pace, both in viewership and in influence, to where it now reaches over a hundred million viewers in hundreds of countries around the globe. Born Rita Rizzo in Canton, Ohio, in 1923, Mother Angelica was abandoned by her father and raised in poverty by a mother who suffered from suicidal depressions. As a young woman, Rita developed severe abdominal pain that doctors dismissed as a “nervous condition,” but when she sought the prayers of a local mystic, her symptoms disappeared. Awakened to the power of prayer, she vowed to dedicate her life to God and became a cloistered nun, expecting to spend her life hidden from the world. But Rita’s faith soon compelled her to unlikely endeavors, from establishing a monastery in Alabama to starting the world’s first Catholic cable network. Relying solely on “God’s providence,” Mother Angelica built an empire without concern for budgets or fund-raising campaigns, achieving what even the highest levels of the Catholic Church had been unable to do. Raymond Arroyo combines his journalist’ s objectivity and eye for detail with more than five years of exclusive interviews with Mother Angelica. He traces Mother Angelica’s tortured rise to success and exposes for the first time the fierce opposition she faced, both inside and outside of her church. It is an inspiring story of survival and proof that one woman’s faith can move more than mountains.
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In a moving, dramatic conclusion to his four New York Times bestselling Mother Angelica books, Raymond Arroyo completes the saga of this singular nun with his most intimate book yet. For more than a decade, the beloved, wise cracking nun who founded EWTN, the world’s largest religious media empire, was confined to her cell at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. Though Mother Angelica is still seen and heard by millions each week in reruns on seven continents, the private drama within her monastery, her personal supernatural encounters, and the prolonged suffering she endured has remained hidden. Until now. Revealed for the first time is the personal request Mother made of God—which sheds light on her long silence. Here are Mother Angelica’s spiritual battles in her cell—including encounters with the devil—and the unrevealed episodes of hilarity and inspiration. From playing possum (to avoid undesirable visitors to her room), to undertaking a secret trip to the far East, to blessing her nuns as they leave her care to create new monasteries, Mother Angelica’s spunky spirit shines through the narrative. Mother Angelica Her Grand Silence, the touching, climactic coda to the Mother Angelica canon also offers readers the personal testimonies of people around the world who were spiritually transformed by Mother during her long public absence. And for the first time, the author writes movingly of his personal relationship with Mother—the highs and the lows.
- Author : Raymond Arroyo
- Publisher : Image
- Release Date : 2010-03-02
- Genre : Religion
- Pages : 208
- ISBN : 9780307588265
For the first time, you can pray with a woman who has transformed the lives of millions around the world. This precious collection gives readers a chance to experience the personal, daily, spiritual practice of Mother Angelica. Seen by millions each day on the television network she founded, Mother Angelica is one of the most trusted and beloved religious figures of our time. Her words of wisdom about the spiritual life have been broadcast throughout the world on EWTN and have become New York Times bestselling books. For Mother the act of prayer is an unceasing daily conversation with the Divine—one that has been a source of inspiration and solace for nearly seven decades. Now Mother Angelica shares a lifetime of her private prayers and devotions so that you can experience and utter the very words that have shaped her incredible life. This treasury of material, much of it never before published, includes: * A complete prayer journal composed during Mother’s personal dark night of the soul * Handwritten meditations offered to her sisters * Two moving versions of the Stations of the Cross composed for her community * Devotions and petitions from her early religious life Throughout, Mother Angelica’s humor, warmth, and wisdom shine through. More than a collection of prayers, this special volume is an intimate portrait of one of the world’s great women of faith. For devoted fans of Mother Angelica as well as for those just coming to know her, this inspiring guide will be a cherished companion along each step of the path to holiness.
In these insightful pages, Mother Angelica deepens your understanding of prayer and the practicalities of living with our ultimate purpose—eternity in heaven with Jesus. The celebrated television personality brings to bear her spiritual wisdom and personal experience in this indispensable collection of writings. Mother Angelica dedicated her life to prayer and her ministry to directing the gaze of her viewers and listeners to heaven; this volume brings together, for the first time, the writing on these topics that preceded and inspired her extraordinary media ministry. In this book Mother invites you into her world of prayer, including discussions of the various types of prayer that can be found in the rich tradition of the Catholic Church. She also offers you some of her original prayers that will enhance your daily spiritual life. Prayer orients our soul to God, but so do so many other aspects of our daily lives. Mother Angelica never neglected the everyday actions that have heavenly importance. Here you will find practical guidance for developing the virtues and other habits that ensure we are living for the Kingdom that does not end.
- Author : Raymond Arroyo
- Publisher : Image
- Release Date : 2007-03-06
- Genre : Religion
- Pages : 240
- ISBN : 9780385521802
“Everything starts with one person . . . I don’t care if you’re 5 or 105, God from all eternity chose you to be where you are, at this time in history, to change the world.” “If you are following God, He never shows you the end. It’s always a walk of faith.” “Faith is one foot on the ground, one foot in the air, and a queasy feeling in the stomach.” —Mother Angelica Are you unsure of your purpose in life? Stuck in the past and worried about the future? Hamstrung by fear, failure, or trials? Mother is here to help. For more than twenty-five years, Mother Angelica has dispensed spiritual wisdom and practical advice to millions around the globe through her lively broadcasts on EWTN. Now she shares with you her personal life lessons and hilarious counsel as never before. Raymond Arroyo, author of the bestselling biography of Mother Angelica, has assembled an inspiring collection of her powerful insights, comic musings, and no-nonsense guidance for everyday living. Culled from never-before-seen interviews, private conversations, and recorded lessons not heard in over thirty years, to which Arroyo had exclusive access, these selections capture Mother Angelica’s spunky spirit and profound wisdom at their zenith. In Mother Angelica’s Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality, the beloved nun is your personal mentor. Together you’ll discover: How to find God’s Will in your life How to pursue inspirations fearlessly How to make sense of pain and suffering How to spiritually overcome personal faults and trials Created in cooperation with Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, this devotional treasury is accompanied by original prayers from Mother Angelica’s private collection. Within are the meditations, personal beliefs, and pithy life lessons that transformed a disabled child of divorce into Mother Angelica, founder and CEO of the world’s largest religious media empire. Packed with real-world hope, this little book is sure to transform
From the spiritual writings and reflections of Mother Angelica comes this lucid and life-transforming book for anyone who struggles with suffering, or finds difficulty in persevering in your daily responsibilities. Mother Angelica provides consolation and advice that only a spiritual mother can provide, helping you to understand the purpose of suffering, how it can be redemptive, and when to know you’re allowing your suffering to go to waste. You’ll also learn about dryness in prayer and how it can be a gift, as well as how to respond to what she calls “spiritual hangovers.” You’ll learn how Christ is closest to you when He is silent, and how His silence can be one of the most powerful and purifying elements of the spiritual life. Finally, Mother Angelica shows you that what Jesus needs most from you is gratitude, trust, and, indeed, weakness. Follow the advice Mother Angelica offers in these pages, and you’ll soon find yourself consoled and reawakened to the generous grace God is daily offering to you.
With Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the forefront of her vocation, Mother Angelica treasured her beloved Spouse in the Eucharist. She brought Him her joys, sufferings, and all the contents of her heart in Adoration. In twenty-nine brief and brilliant chapters, she guides us to do the same, with Scripture references and Mother’s personal prayers, meditations, and intentions. An ever-faithful disciple of the Church and Her Tradition, Mother Angelica saved her most precious words for her viewers. The fruit of her years of prayerful reflections as a Poor Clare Nun of Perpetual Adoration, this book is a beautiful accompaniment to prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament or at home. A Holy Hour with Mother Angelica also presents litanies and novenas as well as Mother’s teachings on topics such as: Resisting Temptation Love and Reparation Repentance An Hour of Healing An Hour of Joy An Hour of Trusting in God God’s Compassion The Beatitudes
Join Mother Angelica on a penetrating tour into the sacramental life of the Church. In these pages, Mother Angelica will lead you to discover the spiritual secrets embedded in each of the seven sacraments and how those secrets can help you live the sacramental life to its fullest. Mother Angelica combines the personal reflections of a saintly life with the teachings of a master catechist, providing you with a spiritual handbook that will help you get more out of Holy Communion, expose you to the grace God desperately wants to give you in Confession, the beautiful gifts found only in the Sacrament of Matrimony, and how you can enter into the mystery of Christ in Adoration. Written while embracing the charism of her order which is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, you’ll notice that the words written here are unmistakably Mother’s work, but also unmistakably the work of the Holy Spirit. If you want to understand the many gifts God is offering you through the seven Sacraments, there is no better guide than this book by EWTN’s foundress, Mother Angelica.
How can I experience God? What are His angels like? What will I know, feel, and sense in Heaven? In these insightful pages, Mother Angelica answers these and countless more otherworldly questions – not Mother Angelica the teacher, but Mother Angelica the mystic. These pages are the fruit of her intense, lifelong Eucharistic contemplation, and were written in the hundreds of hours she spent in adoration of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Out of Her communion with Jesus have come these mystical insights into the nature of God, the experience of Heaven, and the active work of His holy angels. Mother Angelica’s meditations on God, His home, and His angels will open vistas of God’s creation that few have ever experienced. Mother Angelica on God, His Home, and His Angels is a unique experience, an irreplaceable vision, and an unparalleled lesson in what the human spirit is capable of when it is totally open to God.
Mother Angelica’s meditations combine the spiritual insights of a master with the warmth of a loving mother. Her short but powerful reflections will lift your soul to Heaven and lead you into a thoughtful and penetrating reflection on the love of God and the life of Our Lady. Beloved by countless Catholics when they were first released in the 1970s, these devotional meditations — including the Mysteries of the Rosary, the Way of the Cross, and other original prayers — are a treasury that will allow you to pray as Mother faithfully taught. Keep this beautiful hardback edition by your side and you’ll integrate the spiritual wisdom of Mother Angelica into your prayer life while experiencing the traditional devotions of the Church in a fresh and rewarding way.
As Mother Angelica spent time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, she’d write down insights she was given on the life of Jesus and His Immaculate Mother. Those insights have now been collected in this first-of-its-kind volume, bringing you to a deeper appreciation for the life story of Our Lady, the personality of Jesus, the depths of His love, the Beatitudes, and His Sacred Heart. With Mother Angelica as your guide, you will not only come to know Our Lord and His Mother in an intimate way, you will understand the essential messages they deliver to you and to the rest of the world. This is a perfect companion to provide you with material to meditate on before or after Mass, during Adoration, or simply during a quiet time of prayer during the busy day.
- Author : Raymond Arroyo
- Publisher : Image
- Release Date : 2008-09-30
- Genre : Religion
- Pages : 256
- ISBN : 9780385528580
The Word is made fresh by the irrepressible Mother Angelica as she personally escorts you through the Scriptures, unearthing lessons for daily living--the perfect companion to the New York Times bestselling Mother Angelica's Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality. The founder of the world's largest religious media empire shares her beloved wit and down-to-earth spirituality in MOTHER ANGELICA'S PRIVATE AND PITHY LESSONS FROM THE SCRIPTURES. Editor Raymond Arroyo draws on hundreds of never-before-released private lessons to present the renowned nun's definitive take on the Good Book. Angelica provides readers with guided meditations, probing personal questions, and reveals an often-overlooked practical spirituality. She doesn't just explain the stories, she relates them to our daily lives, helping even those who've never opened the Bible experience its power and life-altering lessons. The apostles Paul ("the little shrimp"), Peter ("that great bungler") and all the characters of the Scriptures are suddenly human again, complete with their foibles and triumphs. Here is the Greatest Story, newly told as only Mother Angelica can. The Bible and you will never be the same. A portion of the royalties from this book goes to support the work of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery
From the founder of EWTN Global Catholic Network comes this profoundly practical, humorous, and common-sense approach to answering life's most vexing questions. Mother Angelica gently confronts your real-life struggles, lifting your heart to God and leading your soul to heaven as she provides answers from a life dedicated to God not the promises of a world entrenched in vice. Mother Angelica will become your trusted companion in the battle for virtue as you read through her advice and answer her call to grow closer to Christ. She'll help you conquer your most deeply rooted sins, and she'll lead you to overcome the fear of death, the pain of guilt, and the seemingly benign attachments you have to the things of this world. She'll also lead you to a more profound understanding of the spiritual life, explaining why it's so hard to be good, why suffering must happen to even the best of us, and why God doesn't answer all your prayers. With Mother Angelica as your guide, you'll also learn: How to pray even when God seems distant or silent. Ways to overcome the difficulty in believing in God. The five steps to discovering God's will for you. The eight kinds of suffering and how each can shape and purify your life Ways to avoid the most common mistakes in praying to God. What to ask for and what not to ask for in prayer Ways to overcome lust and what God is trying to teach you with this affliction. How to throw your guilt into the ocean of God's mercy. How to forgive, even when your pain is justified. The difference between good pride and bad pride How to listen as your guardian angel cautions and inspires you. How Jesus gives meaning to your loneliness. Why there is a heaven and what you'll do there.
"Prayers and Scripture meditations for the Stations of the Cross"--
In this practical yet powerful guide, Mother Angelica offers you spiritual insights and advice to aid your Holy Hours with Our Lord. With both her wit and wisdom, Mother Angelica will help you recover your sense of awe and your sense of majesty of God. You'll learn how to become aware of what God is imparting to you and how to take it into your heart. With these 28 meditations and reflections, you'll soon find yourself dedicating an entire hour totally to God - praising Him, loving Him, and honoring Him.
- Author : Raymond Arroyo
- Publisher : Image
- Release Date : 2010-03-01
- Genre : Religion
- Pages : 193
- ISBN : 9780307588258
Mother Angelica brings her admirers deep inside her spiritual life by sharing publicly her most private prayers and reflections.
Meet Mother Angelica, the Franciscan nun whose down to earth advice helps millions through her call-in TV show--whose loving entertaining, sensible insights can revitalize your life! Heart-to-heart, one-on-one, she answers your most difficult questions about loneliness, death, fear, lust, love, faith and sex.
Relates the personal story and television achievements of the Franciscan nun who, with almost no knowledge of television, has built an enormously successful national satellite network
In these insightful pages, Mother Angelica deepens your understanding of prayer and the practicalities of living with our ultimate purposeeternity in heaven with Jesus. The celebrated television personality brings to bear her spiritual wisdom and personal experience in this indispensable collection of writings. Mother Angelica dedicated her life to prayer and her ministry to directing the gaze of her viewers and listeners to heaven; this volume brings together, for the first time, the writing on these topics that preceded and inspired her extraordinary media ministry.