Monday, April 18, 2016

The Prayers and Personal Devotions of Mother Angelica (Image Books)

If we want to become Catholics, we cannot do it on our own. We must follow in the footsteps of spiritual leaders before us. Why? Because any path we walk, they have walked before. They will be able to see pitfalls, we'd otherwise miss. Other ways we can learn from them is by imitating their prayer life. That is why today I am reviewing The Prayers and Personal Devotions of Mother Angelica.

The book is approximately 200 pages long and is divided into three sections - private prayers, personal devotions, and meditations. In her private prayers, we see morning and nighttime prayers, but we also see pleas and prayers she prayed in difficult moments. In personal devotions, we see meditations on the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, and Stations of the Cross, but we also see devotions, she held close to her heart, like the Divine Child Jesus. The meditations section is the shortest of the three, and it contains very brief meditations on subjects of healing, pain, suffering, and love.

We appreciate people more when they are gone than when they are here. And while, I doubt any American Catholic did not appreciate Mother Angelica while she was here with us, I think we can all step back now and see how far-reaching her touch really was. As with all the books that Raymond Arroyo has edited on Mother Angelica, this one shows not only her spirituality, but keeps her personality alive in it as well. Mother Angelica's biggest legacy will always be EWTN and the numerous archives of her programs, but these books will find their way into people's heart and homes and make an impact on their personal and spiritual lives.

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