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Mother Angelica Dead: Tributes From Catholics in Media Pour In

Courtesy of EWTN

HANDOUT PHOTO: Mother Angelica and the other is an image of Mother Angelica and Pope John Paul II. (Courtesy of EWTN)

John Burger - published on 03/27/16

Jennifer Fulwiler, radio host, author, Something Other Than God
Mother Angelica’s entire life was a testament to the reality of Providence. There is no way that a cloistered nun with no money and no media experience could have built a worldwide radio and television empire. Yet she was crazy enough to follow God wherever he led her and ended up as living proof of the adage that God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called. The world is vastly richer for her audacious faith.

Ralph Martin, director of graduate theology programs in the New Evangelization, Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Back in the early 1980s, Mother Angelica had read my book, A Crisis of Truth: The Undermining of Faith, Morality and Mission in the Catholic Church. She called me and invited me to come down to Alabama to tape a number of interviews with her for her new television network. Out of that came an invitation to start a weekly TV program, The Choices We Face, which has run weekly on EWTN. In my many meetings with her over the years, I have always been struck by her deep relationship with the Lord and commitment to obey him whatever he may ask. I remember the first time she told me about how the network began: “God was looking for someone to do this, and he finally came to the bottom of the barrel and found us!”

Father Brian Mullady, OP, retreat director
I first met her when the network was a slab of concrete in the ground. … Mother Gabriel, who is now the superior of the Sisters Servants, said, “You ought to meet this nun, she’s very unusual.” At the time she had kind of an apostolate where she’d write these pamphlets, and they’d mail these pamphlets all over, and I took about 20 of them because they were all different, and some of them were really quite profound. But then when she told me she was going to build a Catholic TV station, I told her I thought she was out of her mind. In the Bible Belt? She was a very single-minded person, quite spiritual. And she was very tenacious. She just continued to pursue the establishment of the network.

Many people tried to establish Catholic television stations but did not succeed. I think one of the reasons is that she was so down-to-earth in her spirituality, and she did [influence a lot of people] just with her plain, simple explanations of the faith. She wasn’t profound, but in her own way she was. She used to say herself that she only had a seventh-grade education, but in that she understood her religion pretty well. … A lot of Protestants used to watch the station: she had Scripture commentary and such things. She tried to present it in such a way that people would feel very much at home …

Russell Shaw, author
They said it couldn’t be done — so Mother Angelica did it. It would be hard not to see the hand of Providence at work in her remarkable achievement. Starting with virtually nothing in the way of material resources but with an abundance of faith, this simple, shrewd, prayerful and determined woman built an international media apostolate that now brings the Good News to countless viewers and listeners.

Donna-Marie Cooper-O’Boyle, author, speaker, EWTN host
I feel so blessed to be part of the EWTN family through my two television series there. When I was there once, a producer gave me a tour and told me about the miracle of the sink. A sink wouldn’t fit through this area, and Mother Angelica prayed, and all of a sudden it miraculously fit through.

Tom Nash, former theology advisor at EWTN
Part of the way she connected with people was that she herself grew up in a broken family. Her parents were divorced, and she grew up in a single-parent household. She had credibility with people because she had been through some difficult times herself. Mother could be tough as nails, but she also was always there to reach out to those who were broken or had difficulties.

John Burger is news editor for Aleteia’s English edition.

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