CATHOLIC PewPOINT:

Mother Angelica's miraculous healing is part of God's master plan and we're all a part of it!

      In yesterday's PewPOINT column we detailed the "how" of Mother Angelica's miraculous healing last Wednesday night in her office at EWTN in Irondale, Alabama. As promised, today we speculate on the "why" this miraculous healing took place and why God chose Mother. Oh, we don't presuppose to know the exact "why" for that is left only to God, but we can look at the state of things today, all that Jesus has said in Sacred Scripture and much that His Blessed Mother has imparted in private revelation, the work Mother has accomplished, and her stature as a luminary in the Church worldwide to better understand the human reasoning why.

      First of all, it's important to realize that for forty years Mother Angelica was a willing victim soul. She still is a victim soul in the sense that she bears all and suffers for the honor and glory of God and in reparation for the sins of so many. But with the miraculous healing a certain burden was lifted - the pain she endured from legs so weak she couldn't stand on them, from an aching back that mandated a firm brace to keep her vertebrae in alignment, not to mention the bulk of these braces. With the blessing of this miraculous healing, Mother realizes there is more God wants of her and He has made it possible through this Heavenly cure for her to be fully fit to tackle whatever the Holy Trinity desires of this dedicated and loyal Poor Clare nun who has built a Roman Catholic television-radio empire that now reaches around the world thanks to A/V on the internet.

     Mother, who many EWTN workers affectionately refer to as a "holy hell-bent-for-leather nun with an Italian flare, wit and temper to match and who will not take no for an answer," has kept her end of the bargain as far as her promise to God is concerned and now God has kept His promise to her. But both Principles are not finished and that is the glorious part. Mother serves as a strong voice of reason for spiritual values, loyalty to the traditions of Holy Mother Church, and obedience by all Catholics - from laity to bishops - to adhere to what is taught. She's not afraid to take on the mighty, as she did recently in standing up to the Cardinal of Los Angeles and the abhorrent policies Roger Mahony is trying to establish in his Archdiocese of Los Angeles, not to mention his behind-the-scenes work to push them into other dioceses and become part of the "American Catholic" mainstream. The only problem is that Mahony's folly flies in the face of most of what Rome has decreed. Other bishops and cardinals kept silent, but not Mother! She has never been afraid of a confrontation when her beloved Church was the target. And God bless her for it! She has stood up time and time again for Christ and His Church and, true to His promise that all we need to do is "Knock and it shall be opened to you." the Holy Spirit has filled her with the right words at the right time. No one will know until we reach our Heavenly destination how many conversions Mother has wrought from her inspirational Mother Angelica Live show, not to mention the many other excellent programs on EWTN. With this kind of track record and the clout she wields, one might think she could lean to the feminist side, be more open to women becoming priests. But those who might even think that, shame on you. For Mother is a loyalist to the core. She expresses no ambition for higher office, no ambition to unseat others, but rather to see others "quit horsing around and get with the program" in regards to following the decrees of the Holy Father. She bristles, as do we, at the suggestion that this was changed or that was changed because of Vatican II. An avid student of the documents, she responds "rubbish" to these claims, knowing that it is a modernist alibi to avert obedience to Rome and forge their own agenda. Mother won't stand still for this and because she won't stand still, quite possibly that is another reason God freed her of her braces so she could move faster in catching these lost sheep and help herd them back into the fold.

      Being a nun is never easy. It is a life of total self-sacrifice, giving oneself up completely to become a "Bride of Christ" - vowing to Him her complete self in body, mind and soul through the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. For Mother it has been tripple-tough, for not only did she give God everything when she made her vows, but she also accepted the excruciating pain God desired her to experience for the reparation of countless souls. Add to this that she was set on fulfilling her vow to God to "build a monastery for His honor and glory" in the South, an area that could not have been easy to negotiate what she had in mind. Add to this, that she became head of her monastery and therefore responsible not just for herself, but for the physical and spiritual welfare of the many postulants, novices and professed sisters. Add to this that with all this responsibility she undertook an even more ambitious one, building a television network out of nothing into a huge conglomerate that has defied all the experts that it could survive. But the millions of viewers have taken Mother's pert advice to put a donation "between the phone and the gas bill" to keep EWTN going. The rewards have been astounding though Mother does not receive one penny, vowed to poverty.

      It is her vows that have kept her going and her faith and love for Jesus and His Blessed Mother, to whom she has an undying devotion. No one promotes the Rosary more than Mother, offering it four times a day on her network. The day and early morning one by Father Michael McDonough, who formerly worked at EWTN and whose devotional Rosary and meditations of the Mysteries rivals any other Rosary meditation anywhere, including the one by Father Mitch Pacwa in the evening which pales in comparison to Fr. Mike's traditional recital. It was the Rosary that Mother was praying the night she made her life-long promise to God that she would build a monastery for Him if she could walk again, and it was the Rosary she and an unnamed Italian lady were praying together when she first felt a heat in her ankles just prior to a total healing of her legs and back. She was quick to point out how important the Rosary is when she affirmed on Jeff Cavins's show Life on the Rock last Thursday night that, "It was during the Rosary that Our Lady came to this lady and that this [the healing] happened. People forget today that the Rosary is powerful for healing; powerful for inner strength. The Rosary is powerful for when you say the Rosary you take Jesus and Mary with you in the Mysteries. The Rosary is your weapon. We've heard it so often we don't hear it anymore. This healing - I think it's a witness to the power of the Rosary."

     The Rosary has played a pivotal role throughout history and almost everywhere Our Lady has appeared she reinforces the Rosary, especially at Lourdes, Fatima and Medjugorje where she said on June 25, 1985, "I urge you to ask everyone to pray the Rosary." She repeated the urgency on July 30, 1987 when the Gospa conveyed, "Prayer is the only way to save the human race." Today Mother echoes Our Lady's call to pray the Rosary for each Hail Mary is a link forming the chain that will bind satan. In addition, each Hail Mary is a rose forming an unfathomable bouquet that Our Lady presents to the Father on our behalf. This special devotion to Our Lady honors her Divine Son and it is the same message imparted to Saint John Bosco over a hundred years ago when he was given the message and vision that we need to be anchored between the pillars of Devotion to the Holy Eucharist and Devotion to the Immaculate Heart. Mother firmly believes this, commenting that her healing is a "message to everyone - a sign for all of us that God can put it back together." She laments that , "We are crippled in our faith, in our hearts in love for Jesus and our love for His Mother, for the Eucharist. But if we trust again, if we can hope again, if our faith can grow again, that broken body will be healed. Say your Rosary. I believe that something wonderful for all of us is around the corner. I also believe that this is a sign for preparation - for an awakening of God's Love and existence." Yes, Mother's miraculous healing is a manifestion that God has a specific master plan, and we are definitely an integreal part of it!

Michael Cain, editor

Textonly Visitors to date in 1998