When Eternal Word
Television Network (EWTN)
Mother Angelica, The Remarkable Story
of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles, by Raymond Arroyo.
Through hours of interviews with the beloved nun over a three-year
span, Arroyo retraces her path from the tough streets of Canton, Ohio,
to the Bible belt, to the perilous heights of television fame. This
unauthorized biography provides her life lessons and priceless thoughts
Hardcover 400 pages.
is seldom we can read the story of the life of a nun's, in true
story form and gain at the same time a much deeper
understanding of the mysteries of the Catholic faith. A true
account of Rita Rizzo's life from
childhood to religious life, a truely enjoyable book, easy to read
much like a novel.
Raymond bears much in this book and nothing is suger coated. It
provides insite on the formation
of a young girl who is small but does big things for God.
Rita Rizzo, abandoned by her father at age 5 and with mother in deep anguish. Rita's childhood, is one filled with
termiol at every corner, she then plagued by illness and self doubt
then experiences a miraculous healing in 1943 that drew her to the
cloistered life at the age of 21.
There she discovered a love that would forever alter her life and the
lives of countless others around the globe. With unprecedented access
to Mother Angelica's letters, diaries, medical records, family, friends
Author Raymond Arroyo
vividly retraces her tortured and sublime path
from the tough streets of Canton, Ohio to the buckle of the Bible belt
in Alabama, to the perilous heights of television fame. (EWTN)
From this definitive work, a fully human portrait emerges of a woman
willing to risk everything to follow the inspirations of Divine
Providence. It is a story of survival and the power of faith to
overcome incredible obstacles.
Mother Angelica talked with the author, granting him hours of candid,
sassy, revealing interviews over a three-year period. Only weeks after
completing the final interview for this biography, Mother Angelica
suffered a stroke that stole her speech. Within are her reflections,
her powerful life lessons and thoughts on her remarkable life. For
anyone in dire straights, anyone who has ever been overlooked or told,
“You can't”-- here is Mother Angelica in all her tenacious and faithful
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MOTHER ANGELICA - AUDIO
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Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles, by
Raymond Arroyo. Recorded in its
entirety by Raymond Arroyo,
This audio book retraces Mother Angelica's path from the tough streets
of Canton, Ohio to the Bible Belt in Alabama where she founded EWTN.
Discover how she overcame numerous obstacles through the guidance of
God. Includes 10 CDs in an attractive storage case.
The Promised Woman booklet
explanation of the beautiful prerogatives of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, showing she is the one
would crush the head of Satan.
M. Angelica began writing
booklets on the spiritual life.
She has authored a total of fifty-three
by Mother Angelica and Christine Allison
Angelica offers straightforward solutions to life's puzzling problems.
This book compiles some of her wisdom and spiritual direction on the
subjects of faith, doubt, love, guilt, forgiveness, angels, Heaven,
Hell, Purgatory and much more! Hardcover. 263 pages.
PILGRIM'S PICTURE BOOK
This book captures the stunning beauty of the Shrine of the Most
Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama.
Vivid photographs, prayers and meditations inspire deep reflection on
the Mystery of the Faith. This book can serve as a reminder for those
who have visited and a pilgrimage at home for those who have not. It is
a source of spiritual renewal for all. Hardcover. 114 pages.
From Publishers Weekly
In a comprehensive and engaging biography, Arroyo chronicles the life
and faith of Mother Angelica, the nun who almost singlehandedly created
a religious media empire through her Catholic cable network, EWTN.
Born in 1923 to unstable parents (a cruel father who later abandoned
the family and a chronically depressed mother), Mother Angelica—then
called Rita Rizzo—is an unlikely person to have redrawn the landscape
of Catholicism in America.
The strength of Arroyo's biography is what he calls his "unfettered
access" to records, associates and the nun herself; as an anchor and
news director for EWTN, he's known her for years. But this is not
purely a sweetness-and-light portrait; she comes across as outspoken
and sometimes hot tempered, arguing with cardinals and even hurling a
knife at a sharp-tongued uncle when she was 17.
Overall, Arroyo gives a strong sense of the woman who enrages liberals,
delights conservatives, but is respected by almost all Catholics.
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A Dangerous Book,
September 13, 2005
Phillip Bloom "parish priest"
(Seattle, WA United States) -
Last week a
parishioner gave me Raymond Arroyo's unauthorized biography of Mother
Angelica. With mild curiosity, I read the dust jacket and table of
contents. My plan was to skim the book, then return to it when I had
more time. I liked Mother Angelica, but I knew little about her life or
how she founded the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). I also
admired Raymond Arroyo, often listening to his news and interview
program, *The World Over.* As I began skimming the biography, I quickly
became hooked. It turned out to be what I call a "dangerous book."
Every year or two I will pick up a book which so grabs my attention
that I wind up devoting every spare moment to reading it. Besides the
most basic duties, everything else takes second place.
I was expecting a
somewhat saccharine story about a folksy contemplative sister. Instead
the book depicts what to me is the most difficult reality: the intense
and often bitter suffering to which God apparently calls some souls.
With the unflinching eye of an investigative reporter, Raymond Arroyo
recounts painful details of her childhood. Rita Rizzo (the girl who
would become Mother Angelica) had a wandering father who abandoned her
at an early age. Her mother, never well balanced, became unhinged by
the divorce - at that time a terrible stigma - and wound up reversing
the normal mother-daughter roles. She increasingly demanded emotional
support from her daughter and provided very little in return.
In her twenties, Rita
met a Catholic convert turned mystic, who transformed the young woman's
life. Entering a contemplative religious order, against her mother's
bitter protests, she encountered more painful forms of suffering.
Physical ailments (such as knees swollen to the size of cantaloupes)
almost ended her religious vocation. Raymond Arroyo, cautious as a
newsman should be, relates the seeming miraculous cure which enabled
her to continue in the convent.
The story of how this
contemplative sister founded a world-wide television and radio network
is too complex to describe here. Without giving away the story, let me
state that it was hardly a smooth journey from one triumph to the next.
The biography reads like a novel depicting the suspense and mounting
opposition which Mother Angelica and her sisters confronted. Inability
to pay enormous bills, the betrayal of co-workers and the death of dear
ones (including her mother who had become one of her sisters) led to
bouts of anguish and near-despair. During this long "dark night of the
soul" only her iron will and her prayer to Jesus kept her going.
This book will
probably be read mainly by "conservatives." That is a shame - and
perhaps makes this a dangerous book in another sense. It is easy for
those concerned with doctrinal integrity to feel betrayed by official
teachers. The book describes Mother Angelica's strong reaction even
against bishops who, for example, promoted women's ordination or who
watered down difficult teachings (such as marital fecundity). In that
atmosphere, one can take aim at the wrong target - as Mother Angelica
sometimes did. For example in his 1987 visit to the U.S., the pope was
in Phoenix for the Feast of the Holy Cross (September 14). The
organizers provided a large, bare cross for him to kiss. Mother
Angelica railed against the organizers, seeing this as a sign of how
the American Church wants to take Jesus off the cross.
No doubt every pastor
in the country, including the most orthodox, has had conservatives
attack him for what they perceive as liturgical or doctrinal
deviations. They can magnify the smallest misstep until it seems to
include all the abuses of the past four decades. For this kind of
misguided zeal, many pastors are only too eager to lay the blame at
Mother Angelica's feet. "Another complaint from one of the EWTN crowd."
Arroyo's book will increase polarization or reduce it depends on how
people read the book. It is easy to get caught up in the political
dimension and miss what I believe is Raymond's deeper purpose: to show
us a woman who came from a difficult background and who by her own
admission has many flaws, but who has embraced suffering with its
redemptive power. In a word, he wants to help us glimpse the mystery
and the triumph of the cross.
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This translation of Sacred
Scripture is Mother Angelica's favorite teaching Bible.
First published in 1966, this translation was a product of the age of
the Second Vatican Council. Many consider this the best interpretation
of the ancient texts, written in traditional, non-inclusive language
with limited footnotes. Hardcover. 1,679 pages
| THE HOLY ROSARY: MOTHER ANGELICA
& THE NUNS
Join Mother Angelica and the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration as they
recite the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries of the
Recorded at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, these Cloistered
Nuns lift their hearts and voices to Our Lord for the intentions of the
Mother Angelica leads each of the decades - an added touch of love to
this already exquisitely beautiful devotional.
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Anyone who has surfed
the television channels in the last ten years has passed over a
grandmotherly woman in full religious habit - either laughing in a
down-home way, speaking earnestly about the love of Jesus, or peddling
piles of religious articles. The name of Mother Angelica is known to a
wide swath of the American population, which is no mean feat for
someone without an agent to keep a glossy visage strategically
positioned in the magazine racks.
Now whether you love
her, hate her, or are in different would be based on your view of the
Jesus Christ and His Church - the love of which together form the
backbone of her worldview, the reason for her work, and the object of
her total fealty since 1945. Those who believe that the true Church was
founded on the apostles, that the Pope is the Vicar of Christ, and that
the Magisterium is a vibrant and infallible guide to truth usually see
Mother's mission in a straightforward way.
They interpret her struggles as roadblocks allowed by God but stirred
up by the Fallen One, her victories as God's sign of approval, and her
personal suffering as her own Way of the Cross - a sign of privilege
uniting her more deeply to her Spouse. On the other hand, those with
another definition of "church" balk at the idea of a cloistered nun
without visible oversight meddling in communications, catechesis, and
the realm of the clergy. Who does she think she is? To whom is she
accountable? Why can't she do things "by the book"?
well-known to the viewers of the Eternal Word Television Network paints
a thorough and unflinching portrait of this woman, born Rita Rizzo in
Canton, Ohio in 1923. Although the reader may begin by being distracted
by the author's own remarkable personality and relationship to the
story, his gift of storytelling quickly allows him to recede into the
background and for the captivating tale to unfold. There was nothing
romantic about her childhood, with its backdrop of poverty, abandonment
by her father, her chronic illness, and her dingy Italian ghetto. Her
remaining parent was her mother, Mae - fragile, depressed, suicidal,
and utterly dependent on Rita for so many things.
Arroyo allows the
poignant saga to breathe forth - through ordinary life, struggles,
insults, brokenness, and shards of god-light at every turn. There are
two distinct treasures that flow from these pages. First, one is privy
to the enormous transformation in this woman that took place over the
decades; and secondly, one can see how God can work miracles with any
willing instrument. To look at the former, one must consider the
steady, consistent steps taken over the months, the years, and the
decades. The Rizzo's were not a believing pair - yet they found deep
faith. They never had a traditional home, yet Mother became one of the
most visible advocates of Pope John Paul II's writings on the family.
Mother joined a convent and was convinced for years that it needed
innovations to add relevance, yet decades later she would reject those
very notions and reintroduce the most time-honoured traditions as a
source of theological stability.
To look at the second
angle, the magnificence of God in this story, one is brought to Our
Lady's Magnificat: "The Almighty has done great things for me ... He
has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the
lowly." Young Rita - already infirm in her youth - suffers more
physical setbacks over the course of her life. Deprived of a father's
love, maternal affection, and any semblance of good health, God
nourishes her soul with Divine Love while allowing her physical
capacity to come and go. She experiences miracles of healing, of
meeting exorbitant financial needs, and of allowing souls to be touched
through her apostolate. For her part, she placed no limits on God,
repeatedly seeing just what He could do - especially in the creation of
EWTN despite her tremendous inadequacies.
The reader is winded
just following the afflictions, the injuries, the physical
deterioration, and the personal attacks, and yet amidst them witnesses
the growth of Mother's little apostolate into the worldwide
communications network, defying both business protocols and human
logic. Most painful is the bitter acrimony between the fiery nun - in
love with Christ and dedicated to spreading the Gospel - and her own
bishops who could not fathom such audacity and "narrowness."
One easily calls to
mind the greatest of saints - Catherine of Siena and Teresa of Avila -
who stepped outside the normal confines of their vocation to be the
prophets God called at critical historical junctures, and it is in this
term "prophet" that the disparate definitions of the Church (offered at
the outset) must be weighed. Surely she was without oversight, surely
she spoke her mind - wryly, but even recklessly at times, and surely
she undertook a mission directed by a Voice reserved for her alone.
Whatever legitimate concerns the bishops may have had were belied by a
rancor and vindictiveness, which makes it nearly impossible for the
reader to imagine an authentic desire on their part to share her
endeavor. Additionally, according to this well-documented account, her
own shepherds revealed a remarkable insipidness towards guarding the
deposit of faith, ultimately perceiving the network as more of a threat
than a gift. Frustrated, wounded, and even heartsick at times, Mother
Angelica remained faithful to her mission and filled a gaping spiritual
void with EWTN's solid programming and access to the Universal Church.
As we idly flip the
remote, past the network built on faith, determination, and miracles,
it is so easy to take it for granted. With hundreds of stations, why
shouldn't there be one dedicated sharing to the Catholic faith? How big
a deal is it, really? Now we know the price Mother Angelica paid for
that spot - it was only every ounce of strength since she took her
vows, a total oblation of one saucy bride for the Bridegroom she
cherished, and Who accepted the gift of both EWTN and Rita Rizzo on the
altar of sacrifice.
| Inspiring and Entertaining, September 27,
K. Petri (Texas) -
I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of writing in this book.
Mr. Arroyo has done a very excellent job of writing an inspirational
and entertaining biography of America's favorite nun, the Reverend
Mother Mary Angelica. I learned quite a lot about Mother and her
Catholic satellite netowork, the Eternal Word Television Network, even
though I have been a devoted viewer for years. The writing is
excellent-an easy but intelligent read.The author does not hesitate to
reveal the negative as well as the positive about Mother,which is I'm
sure as she wanted it. The only people I could imagine who wouldn't
like this book are the liberal "Catholics" who seem to despise Mother's
orthodoxy. I recommend the book to everyone else, Catholic or not.
Raymond Arroyo is such a gifted writer, and I believe has
captured the truth in his book about a remarkable woman whom I was
hooked on in the nineteen eighties. She is spunky, tough, has a
contagious laugh and having heard her share how EWTN started I was
reminded on Bill Hewlett and David Packard and their start out of a
Personally I think it was both Mother Angelicas faith as well as her
God given sense of humor that has made her organization such a success.
And Raymond Arroyo has captured this in the book. Even if you aren't a
Catholic or have left the church for another denomination, read the
book because it will inspire you and may well be a tool in deepening
Great Story, Even
for a non-Catholic, September 22, 2005
Matlock "Gunny" (Winnemucca, NV) -
As anyone who has ever attempted to start a business knows, it is
difficult. It's difficult to get it started. It's difficult to
supervise its growth. As you go through the various phases where you
can't do it in your initial business, where you have to start hiring
people, where you basic sales functions have to be expanded to a
marketing/sales department. Each of these is an excellent opportunity
for the business to fail.
Eternal Word Television Network began 25 years ago with only $200 in
initial investment. It has since grown to a worldwide organization
reaching some 110 million households. This is the story of EWTN, but
more important it is the story of its remarkable founder and guiding
I am not catholic, so the discussions of the liberal vs conservative
aspects of the church don't have a great deal of meaning to me. But the
strength of her convictions, the life she has lived make her life one
worth learning about. She has done a remarkable job of living a life.
Even after suffering a stroke and leaving EWTN, the network she built
will remain as a monument for many, many years.
This Book is an Absolute
Joy., September 21, 2005
(Phoenix, AZ United States) -
Arroyo's book on Mother Angelica is more than a great read; it starts
great and then gets better, each chapter more unbelieveable than the
last. It's no secret that Mother Angelica has fought a single-handed
battle for the soul of the Church in America and saved it from those
intellectual moderns (including the conference of Catholic Bishops) who
prefer we not be too Roman in our Catholicism. Chesterton says that
"The Catholic Church is the only thing which saves a man from the
degrading slavery of being a child of his age". Fortunately, Mother
knew this all too well, enough to bring many of us back to our wits as
well as our faith.
Arroyo makes it hard to miss how divine providence was with her every
step of the way. I never knew how much. The book is a fascinating
exploration of the trials of Mother (Rita Rizzo) from early childhood
through her departure from the board of directors at EWTN. Her simple
faith built the largest religious network and the only one without a
budget. You'll laugh at how she moves undetered through her decisions.
When I first heard Mother described as the patron Saint of CEO's I
thought "give me a break". After reading I'd say every CEO talks of
taking risks, but not a one would ever be ballsy enough to take any of
the risks that Mother took along the way.
Given her life and the nuns of her childhood, MA should be a
disgruntled "recovering" Catholic. Her love and fidelity to the faith,
her rediscovery and return to sound Catholic traditions make for a read
that can only be appreciated by the Catholic caught for forty years
between the lunacy of both the moderns and the schismatics. This book
is preaching to the heavenly choir. One way or another, most people's
minds are made up already with respect to Mother. If you're one of
those who we delighted when you first saw her on "the tube", you'll
love the book and come to a deeper appreciation of what she actually
endured and finally accomplished. Prepare yourself for the laughs and
the tears, in the end it's an absolute joy.
DIVINO NINO JESUS!
Hymns Dto Our Eucharistic King.
Recorded in the Presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament
the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration dedicate this to the
Divine Child Jesus,
For Whom Rev. Mother Angelica has a great devotion.
A beautiful compilation of 18 hymns in honor of Jesus in the
Blessed Sacrament, including
Mother Angelica LIVE
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witty solutions to life's challenges.
From the hilarious to the miraculous to the purely poignant,
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entertain you all over again
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A Young Man
Discovers the Remarkable Story of an Elderly Nun, September 21,
2005 Reviewer: Seth
Naser (Estes Park, CO) -
I discovered EWTN in
the first months of my freshman year of college. While channel surfing
through MTV and ESPN, I came across a beautiful old face swallowed by
large glasses and wrapped in a white wimple.
I stopped. I'd never
known a nun, let alone seen one in a traditional habit. Her simple
outlook on faith kept me hooked. After watching Mother Angelica on
television for the past five years, I thought I knew the simple elderly
nun who'd shown me the beauty of my Catholic faith. After reading
Raymond Arroyo's new biography, I realize how wrong I was.
Here is the life of
Rita Rizzo weaved into a wonderfully narrative story. It shows her
humble and tormented early years, her first miraculous healing, and her
radical conversion to live for God. It chronicles many little known
facts: her many ailments and healings, her intention to build a
Southern monastery for reparation for unjustice to African Americans,
her charismatic experiences, her dark night of the soul. Her leap of
faith in creating the largest religious communications empire in the
world is given its due, but does not overshadow.
Arroyo treats Mother
as a human being, not a pious, holy card saint. She has doubts, a sense
of humor, and a fiery temper. She struggles in her relationship with
both parents, clashes with bishops and cardinals over orthodoxy and
control of her network, and ultimately undergoes a Vatican
Mother Angelica has
lived a life of radical service through love for Her Spouse, Jesus
Christ, and His Church. Anyone who knows her only through her
television network knows only part of the story. This biography tells
it all. And Mother will be seen as an even greater witness to God
because of it.
THIS BOOK, September 14, 2005
Hart "paxdominivobiscum" (Volant, PA) -
This is one of the
most exciting, well written biographies to come out in a very long
time. Its about an underprivileged woman who became a cloistered nun
and changed the world. Mother Angelica is a woman who somehow balanced
real orthodoxy with brilliant management vision and skill without what
seems any worldly qualifications whatsoever. Moreover, here's is a
story of overcoming great suffering -- both physical and emotional --
and allowing God to transform her life without ever looking back or
counting the cost. (It's worth noting too this is no saccharine sweet
nun's story, to be sure!) This wonderful biography really shows us she
is "The Patron Saint of CEOs" -- and patron of anyone else who by God's
grace, must overcome a legion of what seem like insurmountable
problems. Mother Angelica's life turns our natural aversion to personal
suffering on its head and makes clear that miracles really do happen.
human Mother Angelica, September 11, 2005
in Rochester NY (Southern Tier NY)
Raymond Arroyo made me see Mother Angelica as a humna being; as a
person through whom the Holy Spirit works!! I am no fan of Mother
Angelica, but even if you don't agree with Mother's Orthodox views and
the convservative EWTM, Arroyo's book will make you admire Mother for
all she has accomplished in spreading the word of Jesus Christ.
The book is an easy read, and captivating. Mr. Arroyo is successful in
drawing in the reader into Mother's escapades and battles in making
EWTM TV and Radio a reality. I hope Mr. Arroyo will consider writing
other books. He has the gift of writing.
Fervent Trust in God
always prevails - a must read for EVERYONE with much, little, or no
faith, Sept 6, 2005
Seltzer (Stuck in Georgia (your will be done Lord)) -
The spiritual impact
this book has on its reader is amazing. It gives anyone, no matter how
difficult their situation, the hope that your life is worth something.
Given over to God, the life of every person is powerful.
Even if you are not a
"religious person" this story in itself is fascinating and nearly
unbelieveable. It is written very well, making a most enjoyable read. A
good laugh is also guaranteed.
And for those of you
like myself, tired of the liberal Church constantly chipping away at
our Faith, you will have plenty to cheer about.
Buy the book; you will
not be disappointed.
September 11, 2005
"EVJW" (Allegheny Mts, PA) -
I was at a very low
ebb in my spiritual life when I picked up my brand new copy of Mr.
Arroyo's book last week and started reading. Within minutes, my
depression was totally lifted.
The word "inspiring"
seems feeble indeed to express the tremendous sense of awe one feels
upon reading of the depthless devotion of Mother Angelica to her
Spouse, Jesus, and her life's complete dedication to Him. I had no idea
of the mountainous obstacles Mother has faced physically, nor her
This book is
absolutely riveting from the first page, I will read it again and
again. Never have I felt so blessed to be a Catholic, what a
mighty God we serve!
Angelica - Entrepreneur, servant of God, mother to us all, September
12, 2005 Reviewer: Suzanne
For some time now I
have regarded Mother Angelica as a personal hero. To me she epitomizes
the worldly savvy of any major CEO, at the same time that she utterly
relies on God for any and all direction.
Raymond has colorfully
captured the life of this incredible woman in a book that is so very
enjoyable to read, and that never bogs down in the complicated facts,
twists, and turns that make up the fabric of Mother Angelica's life.
Read this book - if
you loved her before, you will gain an even deeper admiration for her.
If you didn't like her, you will likely gain an appreciation for her
and what she has accomplished for the Catholic Church and for her
beloved Jesus. She is certainly a role model for me, and I am grateful
to Raymond for giving me a marvelous glimpse into her life.
Nun of the Media
to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
How It All Began
"I know there is something very special here. The fruit of it, we
But everyone who comes in is very aware of the
Presence of the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Spirit. May it be so as long as the world