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Mother Angelica, American Educator ( - )

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Saints are ordinary people who do what they do for the love of Jesus, say what they must say without fear, love their neighbor even when they are cursed by him, and live without regret over yesterday or fear of tomorrow.~Mother Angelica


Love Fear Regret

Man can and does rationalize his sins. He finds reasons for all his weakness, invents excuses that first calm and then deaden his conscience. He blames God, society, education, and environment for his wrong doing.~Mother Angelica


Education God Man

The heart of Jesus is compassionate and understanding. It has felt the sting of ingratitude, and when my heart suffers from that same offense, I can turn to him, and he understands my feelings.~Mother Angelica


Heart Feelings I Can

Salvation brings the soul a deep awareness of God's love. Life takes on more meaning, for it now has a purpose.~Mother Angelica


Life Love Deep

At Baptism, I received grace - that quality that makes me share in the very nature of God.~Mother Angelica


Nature God Quality

The woman is a gentle, loving bond who encourages, consoles, builds, reconciles, and makes all things new and vibrant. The woman is strength in time of suffering, courageous in failure, intuitive in time of danger. A woman is ingenuous when all fails, resourceful in times of want, and a true helpmate for man.~Mother Angelica


Time Strength Failure

To see a friend who has suffered the loss of all things begin again with trust and love, gives us strength to continue on.~Mother Angelica


Love Strength Trust

I am a mirror to my neighbor, and in that mirror, he must see a reflection of Jesus. If that mirror is cloudy or distorted, Jesus' reflection will be so vague it will hardly be seen.~Mother Angelica


Reflection I Am Mirror

I am not like a pebble on the beach - a grain of sand on the seashore or just one of millions of human beings past, present and future. No, I am a unique human being loved by God as if I were an only child - the only fruit of his creative powers.~Mother Angelica


Future God Beach

Holiness of life is not the privilege of a chosen few - it is the obligation, the call, and the will of God for every Christian.~Mother Angelica


Life God Christian

Love fills and empties simultaneously. It makes us reach out to God, ready to be pruned, recklessly desiring whatever the cost. It soothes the aching heart and then makes it thirst for more.~Mother Angelica


Love God Heart

I do not ask for the riches that perish or the fame that fades away like a morning mist.~Mother Angelica


Morning Fame Away

Jesus made Himself available to everyone. Unlike former prophets and the religious men of His day, who often kept themselves aloof, Jesus was easy to approach and always ready to give his help.~Mother Angelica


Day Men Help

Love is an emotional feeling on a human level and a faith experience on a supernatural level.~Mother Angelica


Love Experience Faith

Every time I say 'no' to a small temptation, I strengthen my will to say 'no' to a greater one.~Mother Angelica


Time Small Temptation

Humility is preserved when I give credit where credit is due - to God.~Mother Angelica


God Humility Credit

When I try to be patient on my own, my patience is forced and short-lived. It is obvious to everyone that I am desperately trying to be patient.~Mother Angelica


Patience I Am Trying

Death at times seems like a dark tunnel to be traveled, and the future seems bleak.~Mother Angelica


Death Future Dark

Religious life is an encounter with the living God. Sometimes that encounter is preceded by a kind of soul-searching agony that tries desperately not to hear, runs in the opposite direction, and frantically tries to reason itself out of answering the invitation.~Mother Angelica


Life God Living

We are so accustomed to love on a human level that we find loving God for Himself either impossible or beyond our capabilities. We tend to love those who appeal to us, render us a service, or are good to us. In the degree they perform these various services, we love them.~Mother Angelica


Love Good God

Jesus was loyal to his apostles, with full knowledge of their cowardice. He was loyal to the poor, accepting the criticism of the Pharisees, so the destitute would never feel deserted. He was loyal to his father, accomplishing his will even unto death.~Mother Angelica


Death Knowledge Father

We live in an age that stresses personal goals, careers, happiness, work and religion. The emphasis is on the individual and how best that individual can satisfy himself.~Mother Angelica


Happiness Work Best

A family spirit is not always synonymous with family life. Bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh makes for brothers, sisters and relatives, who may be as distant as strangers in a foreign land.~Mother Angelica


Life Family May

God knows Himself and every created thing perfectly. Not a blade of grass or the tiniest insect escapes His eye.~Mother Angelica


God Eye Grass

Even if my fellow man has proven faithless time after time, I can at least retain a hope that he will improve, pray for him, and think kindly without frustration and disappointment.~Mother Angelica


Time Hope Disappointment

My failures may be my greatest successes. It is in failure that I have often drawn closer to God, learn to depend more on Him than myself, gained self-knowledge, and seen things in their right perspective.~Mother Angelica


Myself Failure God