Mother Angelica, 92, went home yesterday. To most, she epitomized traditional Catholic values, but did so with a humor and a grace that was infectious. From the most humbling of beginnings, a garage show, to today, now reaching over 250M homes, EWTN, the television network she began, is the benchmark for Catholic television. She succeeded where others had failed, and she did so through charisma.
I remember her as the women I would watch when I missed church for whatever reason – this was our lasting connection. Through her, I realized that we Catholic’s can have a laugh from time to time. I also saw a sternness that was almost identical to my grandmother, an Irish Catholic woman who expected, and received, respect. While Mother Angelica may have been a little more traditional, or conservative than the Catholic I have become, her unapologetic faith was laudable. I may have disagreed with what she was offering, but I never questioned her sincerity.
For Francis, I never questioned his sincerity until Cardinal Pell concluded his testimony. Francis insisted from the onset of his papacy that there would be a zero tolerance policy towards those found out to have any workings on covering up sex offenders on the cloth. Still, crickets, and if I am being honest, I am growing more and more aggravated because it is seemingly turning out to be nothing more than bluster.
For today, though; we say goodbye to an icon, a woman that accomplished more than most told her she would, and she did so with a humor and a grace that will be missed.
Peace be with you.
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