- Gebundene Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
- Verlag: Image (6. März 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0385519850
- ISBN-13: 978-0385519854
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 2,1 x 19,8 cm
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Mother Angelica's Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 6. März 2007
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MOTHER ANGELICA established Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1961, and twenty years later founded The Eternal Word Television Network, which has grown into the largest religious media organization on the planet. Her program, Mother Angelica Live, remains one of the most popular programs on the network and has made her an internationally beloved spiritual figure. She lives in her monastery in Hanceville, Alabama.
RAYMOND ARROYO, author of the New York Times bestseller Mother Angelica, is the news director and lead anchor of EWTNews. As creator and host of the newsmagazine The World Over Live, he is seen in more than 100 million households each week. He has worked at the Associated Press and the New York Observer, and for the political columnist team of Evans and Novak. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, and many other publications. He lives in northern Virginia with his wife and three children.
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THE BEGNINNING OF THE END
Mother Angelica fervently believed in maintaining an eternal perspective for everyday living; a constant awareness that we must account for our actions in this life, and that a final judgment awaits each of us. Of course she put it more succinctly:
Everyone drags his own carcass to market. So be careful.
GOD LOVES YOU
I didn't know God loved me for a long time. Many feel that way. Because we are so aware of our faults, our weaknesses, our sins, we have an impression that God couldn't love us. Well that's not true. God is infinite. There is no end to His love. He doesn't love you for anything you possess. He loves you because He is love. We're all imperfect. We're all sinners, and many of us would be much worse than we are given the opportunity.
It is easier to see God in the sinner because I must make an effort to do so. It is one of the paradoxes of life that I run the risk of losing sight of God in those who are easy to love, because I begin to seek my own good in them.
God chooses little things to do big things.
GOD CHOSE YOU
God knew you, loved you, and chose you before there was an angel, before there was a world, a universe or a star.
You have to enjoy life without resting in it. You have to have zest for life but a desire for heaven. And you must see God in all things, realizing that He transcends them all.
Ask yourselves: How little am I before God? Am I poor in spirit? Do I accept my weaknesses, my past, my sins, my idiosyncrasies, my eccentricities, and my failures? Do I accept them cheerfully? To accept one's miserable self, cheerfully, is humility.
THE WAY TO HEAVEN
You must laugh your way to heaven, because tears won't get you there.
The Scripture says, "We are only earthenware jars" (2 Cor. 4:7). Cracked pots! That's what you are, a cracked pot that holds this great treasure. We are, all of us, imperfect, but we must remember that God is inside each of us.
MYSTERY AND FAITH
St. Augustine, one of our greatest minds in the Church, was walking on the seashore and he saw a little child. While he was walking, he tried to comprehend the Trinity: how there could possibly be three persons in one God. Further down the shore, this little child kept scooping a bucket of water and pouring it into a little hole on the beach. St. Augustine watched the child run back and forth, trying to fill the hole with water. Finally he said, "Son, what are you doing?"
The boy just looked at Augustine and said, "I'm trying to put the ocean in this hole."
"You can't. That's impossible," Augustine said.
"Neither can you understand the Trinity," the child responded. Then he disappeared.
So remember when you come upon a mystery--either in your life, or in Scripture, or in the life of Jesus--your mind can't accommodate all that is contained in the infinite, Holy God. Kinda like trying to put the entire ocean in a small hole, isn't it?
The riches of heaven are the things we should be desirous of--not the things of the world. The only treasures we know are the sunken variety. We've all seen those movies where the pirates open the trunks filled with diamonds and rubies, and we know there is tons of stuff buried at sea. It shows you what God thinks of them--they're down at the bottom! God's concept of treasure is a soul that deeply loves Him and deeply loves its neighbor. That invisible reality is far more valuable than the passing trinkets of this world.
God is not hindered if He wants to use you, whether you are holy, perfect, imperfect, good or bad. He can speak through an ass if He wants to. And He did. Remember, that's how He spoke to Balaam the prophet (Num. 22:28-30). So there is hope for all of us.
SPEAKING THE TRUTH
We don't like to speak the truth about evil because we're going to hurt somebody. Let me tell you, you are going to hurt somebody, but that Somebody is God. If you would rather hurt God than your neighbor, there is something wrong with your spirituality. It's your obligation to speak the truth and everyone can either take it or leave it. But truth must be in us. We live in such poverty of the truth today.
THAT OTHER COMMANDMENT
Boldness should be the eleventh commandment!
MAKING DEALS WITH GOD
In 1957 Mother Angelica faced a hazardous spinal operation. The night before the procedure, the surgeon informed Angelica that she had only a fifty-fifty chance of ever walking again. She prayed zealously that night and made a pact with God. She told Him, "If You allow me to walk again I will build a monastery to Your glory in the South." With the aid of crutches and several braces, she did walk again. From then on she would advise:
"When you make a deal with God be very specific."
When you have Jesus, what is there to fear?
LOOKING FOR DUMMIES
The apostles were dodos, dummies. But all the smart people in the world at the time wouldn't take chances. That is the same problem we have today. The world is looking for intellectuals and the Lord is looking for dummies. That's why I'm here.
A MASTER'S DEGREE
We're all trying to get master's degrees, and so often we forget the Master.
THE DEGREE THAT MATTERS
Where most men work for degrees after their names, we work for one before our names: "St." It's a much more difficult degree to attain. It takes a lifetime, and you don't get your diploma until you're dead.
LEADERS LIKE YOU
Who was Jesus looking for in His apostles--to be the leader of the leaders? Simple sinners, just like us. He looked for men who loved much, whose love made them unafraid, and whose love never put a stop to God's grace. When Jesus said, "Go out without scrip or shoes" (Luke 10:4), they were dumb enough to go--they were loving enough to go.
Everything starts with one person. God loves to work with weak people--like David, a little teenager with a slingshot defeated the fearsome Goliath. Gideon with only three hundred men saved the Jewish people from slaughter and slavery. I don't care if you're five or one hundred and five, God from all eternity chose you to be where you are, at this time in history to change the world.
STEPPING OUT IN MYSTERY
We don't want to step out in faith and say, "God, the only hand I have is yours, even though I don't know where You're going." I think that's the most thrilling experience: not to know what God is doing--but going out and doing it anyway.
It's very difficult for a real Christian to mess this up. If you try something and you fail, you've been humbled. You're a little smarter the next time; you learn to depend upon God and not yourself. You can learn much in failure. If you succeed: you are aware of God's spirit, aware of His using you in extraordinary ways. So from a spiritual perspective, you can't fail no matter what happens.
THE GREATEST POWER IN THE WORLD
The greatest power for good in this world is retarded children, the deaf, the dumb, and the blind--those who suffer loneliness. They have time to live with God, to experience the joy of God, to experience the presence of God, and their prayer is powerful before the Lord.
LIFE IS PASSING
No matter how successful one is, or how famous, there comes a time when he passes on. He's like a ship going through the ocean. The ship makes a little ripple, and when it has passed through, the ocean closes in.
Isn't that what life is all about, each of us passing through? Why lament over the things you...
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Heavenly Father, from Mother Angelica, than I
have learned in 61 years because God inspired in
Me to read her book. I believe God's Unconditional
Love for me, opened my eyes to the reality of
What is to be most important in my life. God is
Great and I am humbled and Thankful for all
God has given to me, done for me, everyday of
Of my life. I will live today and in the present,
Ask God to forgive my sins and to be more loving
and compassionate towards my family and others
And take one day at a time, for God is my Savior and
God is Love, and in him and only Him, One God for
All eternity in Heaven. Thank you, God, My Almighty
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! AMEN
I highly enjoyed this book, and despite there being stories to learn from, i found myself laughing at Mother Angelica's wit! She truly is an amazing woman. She makes God approachable, lovable, and accessible on an individual basis. She shows that God has a sense of humor and that he truly does love each of us. The book helps us find this and hold on to it.
This book is great for everyone, regardless of where you are on your faith journey.
Mother Angelica talks to you in such a casual tone throughout the book that you can almost picture her sitting in front of you chatting along over a cup of tea.
She speaks of her weaknesses and doesn't puff herself up to be something she's not, yet her passion speaks to you through her words and I'm sure her truthfulness accompanied by her wisdom can be appreciated by many.