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Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    great read

    This is a very engaging look into a devoted soul. Regardless of one's religious leanings, this shows what passion and belief can do. Very open and revealing, this book shows all sides of the most recognizable Catholic nun in the 20th century.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    Inspiring Story, Inspiring Life

    This book inspired me to take courage in daily struggles and to resist the urge to grumble about them after seeing how much good came through Mother Angelica's willingness to pray and embrace suffering. My trials are nothing compared to hers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    One of the best books ever read.

    I could not stop reading this book becuase it was great. It was over before I knew it and ended too soon. Full of storys that show the good and bad and uplifting that is brougth out by this love of the lord.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

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    A famous American nun's "theology of risk"

    Born Rita Antoinette Rizzo in Canton, Ohio in 1923, the future Poor Clare abbess Mother Mary Angelica had an unpleasant childhood. Her father John regularly beat her mother Mae before he split from them. Later when John remarried a 24 year old woman who had gone to school with Rita, her mother Mae resumed her maiden name: Francis, an anglicized version of Gianfrancesco. During a terrible illness, Rita was brought to be healed by (and was) in the simple home of an American lay mystic and stigmatist, Mrs Rhoda Wise. This experience turned Rita from luke warm to fervent Catholic Christian. For the rest of her life, according to author Raymond Arroyo, Rhoda Wise was frequently visited and spoken to by both Jesus and Saint Teresa, the Little Flower of Jesus and through her were channeled hundreds of miracles. Rhoda Wise became the dominant religious model in Rita Rizzo Francis's life -- and stayed so forever. After her healing experience with Mrs Wise, Rita did not think it odd when Jesus spoke directly to her. What would have been odd would be for her not to do what her Divine Spouse asked, even if bishops and other Catholics demanded different behavior. *** What the world remembers this still living but now for years much afflicted nun for is her work as a pioneering Catholic media personality. She founded first a television network EWTN, then an AM-FM shortwave radio network heard worldwide. Those achievements alone deserve the 2005 biography MOTHER ANGELICA. *** Striking to me, though not mentioned by her biographer, are certain similiarities in the life of Mother Angelica and recently beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman. There are of course differences: Newman was a towering intellectual, historian of ideas, founder of an Irish Catholic university and original theologian. Rita/Angelica barely made it through high school and grew up in a tough neighborhood speaking on friendly terms with mobsters, prostitutes and her mother's dearly loved Negroes. Angelica speaks to and for the 90% of ordinary Catholics for whom Newman's insights are too high. *** But the similarities! Each was early convinced that he or she "had a work from God." Both were masters of language (high and ordinary). And both followed advice from Newman's early Anglican poem "The Pillar and the Cloud" better known as "Lead, Kindly Light." For both acted on Newman's prayer: "Lead Thou me on!/Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see/The distant scene-one step enough for me." Mother Angelica never had a grand global vision for herself. She drifts upward toward her Spouse one step at a time. One year she and her sisters sell peanuts. Another time they make fishing lures. Always what God asks: a new monastery in Alabama, a television network, a short wave radio network. "One step enough for me. Lead Thou me on!" *** In later years Mother Angelica would speak of her "theology of risk" (Ch. 10). She told TV evangelist Jim Bakker that she was a "dodo" for Jesus. What smart people saw as impossible, dodoes tackled simply because Jesus told them to. Jesus had a long tradition of choosing the lowly and foolish of this world through whom to channel His miracles. *** The book MOTHER ANGELICA is a pleasure to read. It is well researched. It richly deserves the audience it has already won. -OOO-

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  • Posted July 19, 2010

    An Awe Inspiring Journey!

    This is awesome and inspiring book! Well worth listening to many times over. I know have!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2007


    I loved this book! I have never been a huge fan of biographys, however I literally could not put this book down! Mother Angelica's life story is a great read for both people who are Catholic and are not.

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    Posted March 31, 2009

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