In a continuing series, The New York Times has been asking notable people: if you could share a meal with someone who is no longer with us, who would it be?
Champion gymnast Dominque Dawes had an answer that may have surprised the Times:
If I could choose to have dinner with somebody who has passed away, I would choose to dine with Mother Angelica. Mother Angelica was the nun who founded the largest religious network, Eternal Word Television Network, starting with only $200. She is the only woman to have founded and led a cable network for over 20 years. I’d invite Mother Angelica to my home and have her sit at the head of our table, alongside my husband and two baby girls. The meal I’d cook would be soul food (I grew up on it), consisting of chitlins, collard greens, cheese grits and candied yams. Mother Angelica would understand this meal: She was raised around blacks and poor Italians in a tough Canton, Ohio, neighborhood. She knew people, she understood their plights, she was one of them! And she knew resilience most of all, raised by a single mother from an early age after her father had abandoned them.