Cardinal hails Mother Angelica’s ‘extraordinary’ creativity on fifth anniversary of her death

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CNA Employees, Mar 27, 2021 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Cardinal Fernando Filoni recalled Saturday the “extraordinary artistic capacities” of Mom Angelica as he celebrated Mass in suffrage of the EWTN founder on the fifth anniversary of her dying.

Preaching at a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica March 27, the Grand Grasp of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre stated that the nun earned “the gratitude of the whole Church” for building a worldwide media network on the service of the Gospel.

Mom Angelica started broadcasting from a transformed garage in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1981. She died on March 27, 2016 -- Easter Sunday -- at the age of 92. By the point of her dying, EWTN had turn into the most important spiritual media community on the earth.

Filoni stated: “She crossed the entire 20th century dealing with poverties and sufferings, which have been fixed pals in her life until the top; on the similar time, she skilled the consolation of Jesus and the fixed help of Divine Windfall; she couldn't do what she did alone.”

“In a thick and, typically, black ‘wooden’ of our world, the finger of God was guiding her: ‘I knew that God knew me and beloved me and he was to me. All I want to do’ -- she stated after a critical sickness -- ‘was to donate myself to Jesus.’”

Filoni, a veteran Vatican diplomat who led the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples from 2011 to 2019, noted that the nun, who was born Rita Rizzo, took the identify Sister Mary Angelica of the Annunciation when she entered religious life in 1944.

“I do not know whether or not, assuming the identify of ‘Annunciation,’ she had the perception of her future mission in the communications subject,” he stated.

The 74-year-old Italian cardinal, who was appointed Grand Master in December 2019, continued: “Turning into wealthy in many experiences, in contemplative life, in missionary accomplishments and pastoral initiatives, Mother Angelica, together with her extraordinary artistic capacities, generates the non-profit society EWTN, a broadcasting group linked to civil and non secular life.”

“Spreading the Gospel in our society was the excessive finality of EWTN, with fashion and adherence to the truth: ‘The truth will set you free’ (John eight:32); the ‘Fact’ is Jesus: ‘I'm the best way, the truth and the life. Nobody comes to the Father besides by way of me’ (John 14:6). These words have been all the time clear in Mother Angelica’s mind and heart.”

In his homily at Mass in the Choir Chapel of St. Peter’s Basilica, Filoni stated that Mother Angelica was held in excessive regard by the past three popes.

“Mother Angelica was near Pope John Paul II; she acquired the excessive esteem of Benedict XVI and the consideration of Pope Francis; the increasingly she obtained, the gratitude of the entire Church and particularly of the affectionate audience that maintains a link with EWTN,” he stated.

“If we might think about EWTN Mother Angelica’s first ‘daughter.’ it has not been the only offspring of the ‘household,’ enriched by the Nationwide Catholic Register, Catholic Information Agency, and so forth.”

Addressing staff of EWTN present on the Mass, the cardinal stated: “What is very important to you, pricey buddies, is the arrogance of your listeners, readers and viewers: please, have all the time high respect for them; you possibly can generate life, hope, confidence, love.”

He added: “It is essential to build the sanctuary of the Lord among the many peoples, within the families, in society, and no one can do it better than a broadcasting community, capable of enter past every door, many occasions closed; a sanctuary not made by materials bricks, but by fact and love.”

“Remembering as we speak Mother Angelica, we wish to discover a dart of constancy to Christ, ‘the Mild of nations’ (Lumen gentium, 1), and to his Church, being ‘like a sacrament or a sign and instrument’ of God amongst us.”

Concluding his homily, he stated: “Lastly, let us be reminded right here of some words of Pope Benedict the XVI when he began his hold forth: It's adequate for me to be a simple worker in the vineyard of the Lord!”

“That is my wish to you, at the vigil of the Holy Week: Be good staff within the winery of the Lord!”

“Thanks on your beneficiant and appreciated work for the Church.”

“Mom Angelica, I am positive, she is glad.”

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