Mother Angelica, Her Grand Silence

Mother Angelica, Her Grand Silence

The Last Years and Living Legacy

Book - 2016
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In a moving, dramatic conclusion to his four New York Times bestselling Mother Angelica books, Raymond Arroyo completes the saga of this singular nun with his most intimate book yet.

For more than a decade, the beloved, wise cracking nun who founded EWTN, the world's largest religious media empire, was confined to her cell at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. Though Mother Angelica is still seen and heard by millions each week in reruns on seven continents, the private drama within her monastery, her personal supernatural encounters, and the prolonged suffering she endured has remained hidden. Until now.

Revealed for the first time is the personal request Mother made of God--which sheds light on her long silence. Here are Mother Angelica's spiritual battles in her cell--including encounters with the devil--and the unrevealed episodes of hilarity and inspiration. From playing possum (to avoid undesirable visitors to her room), to undertaking a secret trip to the far East, to blessing her nuns as they leave her care to create new monasteries, Mother Angelica's spunky spirit shines through the narrative.

Mother Angelica Her Grand Silence , the touching, climactic coda to the Mother Angelica canon also offers readers the personal testimonies of people around the world who were spiritually transformed by Mother during her long public absence. And for the first time, the author writes movingly of his personal relationship with Mother--the highs and the lows.
Publisher: New York : Image, c2016
ISBN: 9780770437244
0770437249
Branch Call Number: B M.ANGELICA Arro
Characteristics: 228 pages ; 21 cm

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Volya
Jan 23, 2017

Mother Angelica started with $200 in their monastery garage in Alabama, and went on to found the largest religious media network in the world, EWTN. This book was published after her death on Easter 2016, written by Raymond Arroyo who wrote her more lengthy and comprehensive biography. The biography left off after she stepped down from her leadership of EWTN (a dramatic story in itself).

Unlike the biography, this book not a chronological narrative focusing on Mother Angelica's life, but more of an update on the contemplative community she founded, with some description of how she lived from 2001 until her death. The author also paints a picture about Mother's practical thinking and some important lessons he learned from her by sharing some vignettes about his relationship with Mother Angelica.

I found this book fascinating because it gives us an in-depth picture of Mother Angelica and her thoughts on how to deal with some of the problems that come our way. You don't need to read the first book before reading this one, but it would be more helpful to know the context.

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