Pope: “She’s in heaven”

Mother Angelica, 92

Mother Angelica, passed away March 27, Easter Sunday, at the age of 92  after a lengthy struggle with the after-effects of a stroke.

The Ohio-born Poor Clare nun founded EWTN Global Catholic Network out of a garage in Alabama in 1981. It has since become the largest religious media network in the worldreaching some 230 million homes in over 140 countries around the world.

EWTN reported that on Wednesday, March 30, Pope Francis offered a special blessing for Mother Angelica. “She’s in heaven,” the Pope remarked, pointing to the sky as he spoke to members of EWTN’s Rome bureau. The group had brought an image of the late Poor Clare nun to his March 30 general audience as a sign of affection and remembrance. Earlier, on March 28, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Benedict’s personal secretary, told CNA that Benedict XVI made a comment about Mother Angelica’s death falling on Easter Sunday: “It’s a gift.”

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, one of the seven bishops who attended Mother Angelica’s funeral on April, said “she succeeded at a task the nation’s bishops themselves couldn’t achieve.”

Below is a compilation of memorable one-liners from Mother Angelica, collected by Aleteia.org from the nun’s Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality.

On Conversion:

Even the devil believes that God exists. Believing has to change the way we live.

On Faith:

Faith is one foot on the ground, one foot in the air and a queasy feeling in the stomach.

On clarity:

If you are following God, he never shows you the end. It’s always a walk of faith.

On Trust:

Unless you are willing to do the ridiculous, God will not do the miraculous.

On Mindfulness:

Everyone drags his own carcass to market, so be careful.

On Love:

Love is not a feeling; it’s a decision.

On Mercy:

You can’t go to heaven hating somebody. Forgive now.

On Anger:

St. Jerome used to hit himself with a rock every time he lost his temper. I’d be dead as a doornail with no ribs if I did that.

On Struggle:

If you’ve got a cross, carry it. It’s to make you holy.

On Reality:

Those who tell the truth love you. Those who tell you what you want to hear love themselves.

On Error:

Every moment of life is like God saying, “Look, I know you messed up the last moment, but here’s a new one.”

On Pride:

Once you contemplate the humility of Jesus in the Eucharist, how can you possibly justify your pride?

On the Courage to Suffer:

It takes a lot of guts to be in pain all day long.

On Enemies:

Don’t say, “If it weren’t for that person I could be holy.” No; you can be holy because of that person.

On Not Limiting God:

Your plans, your projects, your dreams have to always be bigger than you, so God has room to operate.

On Perseverence:

Faith is what gets you started. Hope is what keeps you going. Love is what brings you to the end.

On Holiness:

Holiness is a beautiful struggle.

On Death:

I guess that is what dying must be like: to be finished and to be able to look back at the struggles of life and know that God was your constant companion.

On Serving:

God looks for dodos. A dodo doesn’t know it can’t be done. God uses dodos, and I’m a dodo.

On Worldliness:

God wants you to be in the world but so different from the world that you will change it. Get cracking.

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