Born Rita Rizzo in Canton, Ohio, Mother Angelica was abandoned by her father and raised in poverty by a mother who suffered suicidal depressions. Awakened to the power of prayer, at age 21 Rita vowed to dedicate her life to God and become a cloistered nun. She expected to spend her life hidden from the world. But Rita's faith compelled her to unlikely endeavors, accomplishing what the highest echelon of the Catholic Church could not.
This engrossing biography traces Mother Angelica's tortured rise to success and exposes for the first time the fierce opposition she faced, inside and outside of her church. It is an inspiring story of survival and proof that one woman's faith can move more than mountains.
©2005 Raymond Arroyo (P)2005 St. Anthony Messenger Press
"In Raymond Arroyo's entertaining Mother Angelica, she emerges as a daring entrepreneur who really did do it all for God." (Wall Street Journal)
"Mother Angelica...may well be the patron saint of CEOs. Buy this book and be inspired." (Lee Iacocca)
"A rattling good story of fear, faith, courage and bulldog tenacity--beautifully told." (George Weigel, author of Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II)
I became aware of Mother a number of years ago through my mother and mother-in-law. In mid-March took my Mom to EWTN, the Shrine in Hanceville and Casa Maria retreat house as a gift. It was a magnificent trip. Mother died 2 weeks after we returned home to Philly. I needed to learn everything about her. I downloaded this book and loved every single chapter. I, like other reviewers, was initially distracted by the author's ability to speak like Mother. But it is part of what made this listening experience super enjoyable. Raymond Arroyo brings her to life, has a great writing style and exhibits great devotion to this holy woman. Thank you for writing this book, Mr. Arroyo. And, thank you especially for recording it. Fantastic.
Wow! This book totally took me for a ride of surprises & blessings. This is a real story of a real Saint. I am very proud of my brother Raymond for putting in the effort and bring us all this amazing story of this beautiful soul whom God almighty used to reach out to us. God bless you Raymond & your family!
Finished this in less than a week... Which is not typical for me. Excellent read… Even better listen! Raymond does a spectacular job storytelling. I love the use of different voices. He had a great subject to work with, but really made her story come alive!
Loved hearing Raymond narrate his book of Mother Angelica hopefully very soon to be made A Saint she is a very hard act to follow and is now in her forever home with her Jesus in Heavens Kingdom..RIP Mother
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