I just heard on EWTN a call in, Mrs. Jacobs, who said she wasn't getting up this morning to watch Mass on EWTN but her cat jumped on her and made her get up (cats do that!) to feed him and she turned on EWTN's Mass which was a Memorial Mass of the Dead for Mother. The caller did not know that she had died but was uplifted by the Mass and her cat. Mother had a cat she loved in her last years too as pictured below:
I have to laugh now, but after that show was aired live and then shown over and over again in reruns all over the world, by the way, I would get emails from people everywhere asking me to be their liturgical consultant for their parish as they either wanted to build a new church or undo the damage that a wreckovation wrought on their old church! Of course I am not a liturgical consultant and felt if I gave in to the invitations to be one and go where I was invited I would be a charlatan. I blush now thinking that people thought I was something I wasn't!
But what the show I am watching now reminded me of is that Mother Angelica always focused on Jesus and that all of us should have a right relationship with Him through His Holy Catholic Church. Mother was concerned not just about the wreckovation of church buildings but the symbol it was about the more demonic wreckovation of Holy Mother Church by modernists who are like the liberal Protestants of the Enlightenment period of the late 1800's. The center for them is mankind and building a new Tower of Babel where the hand holding kumbaya singing congregation becomes so self-referential that Jesus is hidden or worse yet, left out altogether!
Mother Angelic always in her habit, first when she entered religious life in the full Poor Clare habit and then later in a very traditional modified habit and then even later once again in the full habit, was the nun that taught a new generation of Catholics the way the older generation of nuns had taught the Church, with clarity, charity and no nonsense. For the most part, in the pre-Vatican II era when we had nuns galore teaching us in Catholic schools and CCD programs, they were the ones who brought scores of children and their parents into a closer relationship with Jesus in their everyday contact with us. They were the ones who encouraged young boys and teenagers to consider the priesthood. The huge number of candidates we had by the 1940's and 50's was in large part due to the good sisters who promoted vocations to both the priesthood and religious life in a wonderful way. And we children saw the good, bad and ugly of the sisters but loved and respected them nonetheless even when we knew who we liked and didn't like and who we would stay close to and away from! Religious life was presented to us in a real way, everyday and not in a plastic way whatsoever.
I thank Mother Angelica as a true Servant of God, Mother Angelica the Great. She was/is the most powerful woman in modern Catholic history perhaps second to soon to be saint, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. But she wasn't, isn't just the most powerful woman, but the most powerful person, man or woman. Yet she always pointed to Jesus and the authentic Church. Her style of teaching, very nun like, is perennial and what she taught won't ever be considered passe. You can watch her 1990's shows and these are relevant for today. (Her shows transcends the time in which they were produced much in the way that I Love Lucy does.)
What I love about Mother Angelica and her EWTN network is that she was/is a thorn in the side of progressive religious and laity who were trying to deconstruct the liturgy and thus the Church and place the focus on themselves and others in a horizontal, idolatrous way and to make Vatican II, a mere pastoral ecumenical Council, into an immutable false god of the most dogmatic and authoritarian type!
Mother Angelica always focused on Jesus and that we have a right relationship with Him through the true Church before we died in order that we be spared the fires of hell and be welcomed into the kingdom of heaven by our Lord at our particular judgement.
Mother had her enemies in the hierarchical Church, especially certain cardinals and bishops. Her dissent was always against those who harmed the Church be it with their incompetent administration of the Church or their arrogant embrace of modern ideological theologies that were/are destroying the true Church in the lives of rank and file Catholics. THE BISHOPS OF THE USA WERE EXTREMELY ENVIOUS, IN FACT GREEN WITH ENVY, THAT SHE COULD PULL OFF A NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION NETWORK WHILE THE ONE THEY TRIED TO DEVELOP FAILED IN THE MOST EMBARRASSING WAY POSSIBLE! THIS WAS AT THE ROOT OF THEIR NEGATIVE ANIMUS TOWARDS MOTHER ESPECIALLY THE INFAMOUS ROGER CARDINAL MAHONEY WHO MAKES CARDINAL BERNARD LAW OF BOSTON LOOK LIKE MARY POPPINS WHEN IT COMES TO THE MISMANAGEMENT OF CORRUPT AND SEXUALLY PERVERTED PRIESTS LEADING TO THE GREATEST SCANDAL IN THE HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. MOTHER ANGELICA, A MERE TRADITIONAL WOMAN RELIGIOUS, ACTUALLY SHOWED BISHOPS HOW TO TEACH, RULE AND SANCTIFY THE CHURCH AND THE INCOMPETENT ONES TRULY HATED HER FOR IT!
As a populist, Mother Angelica brought the true traditional faith of the Church to rank and file Catholics who had grown tired of what the modernists had done in the most pre-Vatican II authoritarian way to the Church their loved, the Mass they loved and the religious life they had loved.
Mother long before Pope Francis, another populist, ministered to rank and file, bread and butter Catholics who had been marginalized and shoved to the periphery by Church leaders, cardinals, bishops, priests and modern religious who had their own horizontal image of the Church where they and the laity would be central, not Jesus Christ the King reigning in glory and leading us out of our horizontal enclosed circle of ideologies. And Mother, long before Pope Francis, used a language to teach Catholics which was humorous, memorable and on target! She used a language that intellectual academic theologians, amateurs and professionals, would scoff at. In many ways, Mother had a disdain for intellectuals in the Church that sterilized the message of the Church. Pope Francis would be in agreement with Mother in this regard and how to teach the faith to the populace!
Eternal rest grant unto Mother Mary Angelica O Lord and let light perpetual shine upon her. May she rest in peace. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace through the mercy of God!
Mother Angelica was the only man in the Catholic Church in those dark years following the Council. I loved how she took on Roger "Dodger" Mahony over his ersatz Mass translations. A true shining light.
Father, I think I still have that tape somewhere. We no longer have a VCR machine, haven't watched it in years. I'll look for the tape and let you know!
The audio of the show is on the EWTN website at
Father, I can hardly believe it: I found that old VCR tape! My husband knows of a place in Augusta to take it for digitL conversion. We will let you know when it is done.
Roger "Dodger" Mahony . . . .
Add 3 more points to your Ad Hominem score!
You're still waaaaaaay ahead, TJM. Congrats!
TJM - And by the way..."Cardinal Roger M. Mahony has received an apology from cable TV's Mother M. Angelica, who recently called on Los Angeles Catholics to disobey the cardinal's plans to revitalize the way they celebrate Mass, a Mahony spokesman said this week." (Los Angeles Times, Dec 6, 1997)
She violated Canon Law: "Can. 1373 A person who publicly incites among subjects animosities or hatred against the Apostolic See or an ordinary because of some act of power or ecclesiastical ministry or provokes subjects to disobey them is to be punished by an interdict or other just penalties" when she said, "I'm afraid my obedience in that diocese would be absolutely zero. And I hope everybody else's in that diocese is zero."
By apologizing, and one would think having remorse and repenting of what she had done,
in the end Mother Angelica gave a good example to others. I await Nancy Pelosi doing the same (not holding my breath of course).
I suspect Mother was forced to apologize, that she had no remorse for her words and actions, and that she never repented. She was one of those traditionalists who was always right, and anyone who disagreed with her was always wrong.
Her faux-pology speaks volumes: "I do want to apologize to the cardinal for my remarks, which I'm sure seemed excessive." (Mother Angelica Live, Nov 18 1997)
Notice, the "seemed excessive." No admission of having been wrong, only the recognition that her words "seemed excessive."
An apology goes like this "I was wrong and I am sorry," not, "I'm sorry that my remarks may have seemed excessive."
Really now, Scalia's Ghost(whoever you are-I can't imagine him making that kind of comment),you are the one who can tell us authoritatively, with ontological certainty, that Mother Angelica "had no remorse for her words and actions, and that she never repented. She was one of those traditionalists who was always right, and anyone who disagreed with her was always wrong"?
I don't think so.
George - I'm just going on the evidence, as any good Justice's ghost would!
But you should note the words "I suspect" at the beginning of that post. You see, that removes my statement from the ontological realm and places it squarely in the realm of speculation or suspicion.
Did you read what I posted? I don't think so...
"I'm just going on the evidence, as any good Justice's ghost would!
We are not dealing with a court of law or a legal investigation, but rather with casting aspersions on the character of a consecrated religious- a serious matter.
You are conveying doubt about the genuineness or truth or sincerity of what she said with little evidence to do so, and no knowledge whatsoever about what subsequently
transpired as far as her remorse and contrition in this matter.
It is your judgement which is suspect.
You have no idea what evidence I may have for forming my opinion - I never suggested it was anything other than an opinion - of Mother Angelica. So, for you to say, "...with little evidence..." has NO evidence whatsoever.
Physician, heal thyself.
And it as Mother Angelica's common practice to cast aspersions on any and everyone who did not see things her way. So to make that charge against me without making it against her is more than a little hypocritical.
Anonymous Scalia's Ghost
1) As a Catholic know I cannot spiritually heal myself, but can only be healed by the grace of God. We are not pelagianists after all.
2) If I should be healed as one who has a malady because I defend a deceased consecrated religious who did so much for the Church, then may I not be healed.
3) I don't see any good purpose that your comment about Mother Angelica serves. It does not and cannot benefit her in anyway since she is deceased. How does it benefit you or the Church in any way? Why did you make it? Ask yourself that question. The same of course could also be asked of those who have made uncharitable remarks about Mother Theresa.
4)The reason that we can only suspect something when it comes to a person's soul and conscience is that we cannot know what God knows. If I'm going to suspect something, I say let it be something good. So I suspect if Mother Angelica were to read what you said about her, she would pray and offer up her sufferings for you.
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