Mother Angelica, 1923-2016
Mother Angelica has died on Easter Day. I am sure I am not alone in thinking that, with extreme probability, she does not need our prayers now; but I am also sure my readers will pray for her anyway.
I did not “live” (in a way) Mother Angelica’s years. There was no EWTN where I lived, and what I know of her is largely the youtube videos. What I have seen of her was impressive, and stayed with me, because it was… Catholic. Catholic as in “heaven and hell” Catholic, not Catholic in the way most of our clergy seem to understand the word today.
From this short tribute I understood the following:
- The patriarchal Catholic Church is the first organisation which allowed one woman to create and run a television network for twenty years.
- Mother Angelica created her first television network in a garage. In those same years, or just up to a little before, it was very difficult to get a licence to broadcast in many European Countries, and private TV stations were unheard of pretty much everywhere when I was a child. We Europeans are so allowed to be nannied, in this and in many other matters (for example: the “right to keep and bear arms”), that we do not even notice it; until we see what happens in other Countries, and we suddenly realise how we have allowed our elected representatives to become our, as they say in Italy, Swiss Governess.
- The Evil Clown apparently spoke to the saintly woman a while before she died. No doubt, the satanical FrancisChurch will now try to take ownership of Mother Angelica’s work. Do not be deceived. The obvious mark of Mother Angelica’s work at EWTN is exactly the rejection of that faux Catholicism of which Francis is the most dangerous proponent. The likes of Francis are the reason EWTN grew so strong during Mother Angelica’s tenure: because they are liars, and she was truthful.
Before anyone intervenes on the matter: I am not concerned with how much V II was in the woman. Whilst I got an impression of unwavering orthodoxy, I cannot exclude that here and there some of the wrong ingredients were mixed into her excellent cake. Alas, such are the times in which we live, and this is how much we must be on guard. But I will never die with such good cards in my hands as her. Kindly refrain from any criticism of Mother’s work in this hour.
Mother Angelica’s work was so successful, because the treason of the clergy was so evident. Much in the same way we are now seeing with blogs and internet fora, Catholics listened to her because they heard those harsh truths their own clergy did not say to them anymore, or even tried to undermine. As success is not a merit for the Church hierarchy, but is rather its indictment. And the way this network was created and prospered is another example of how God providentially uses freedoms to make His work.
Let us pray for Mother Angelica, even if we think that she does not need our prayers. Prayers never go to waste.