A Nun Blog - The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration

A Nun Blog - The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration "For God created man for incorruption, and made him in the Image of His own Eternity." Wisdom 2:23

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

88 Strong!

Eighty-eight years is a good long time! Today, April 20th, Mother Angelica reached this remarkable milestone. This afternoon, we gathered the stunningly beautiful flowers and brightly wrapped gifts that many of Mother’s friends sent her in celebration of this day. She was chipper and beamed brightly as her surprises were unwrapped. Mother smiled and nodded in appreciation when she was told of the many prayers that were offered for her in thanksgiving for her life! Thank you to all who keep Mother in your prayers! She is very grateful.

Providentially, Mother’s birthday falls this year right before Holy Thursday and the beginning of the Easter Triduum. Her long-suffering & patient endurance of a myriad of burdens has certainly allowed her an ever-greater glimpse into the depths of God’s love.

For much of this week, the antiphon that is chanted at midday prayer in the liturgy of the hours borrows from the Gospel of John: Jesus had always loved those who were his own, and now he would show them the depth of his love. The astounding reality of these sacred days is truly this – to be drawn into the unfathomable depths of Christ’s love – his love that lays down his life for us, his love that ‘bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things’ unto the end. When one receives Him at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper – at the very outset of His ‘hour’ – these words of Pope Benedict XVI have a profound resonance: The overcoming of guilt has a price: we must put our heart – or, better, our whole existence – on the line. And even this act is insufficient; it can become effective only through communion with the One who bore the burdens of us all. We too are called to communion and a sharing in this same life giving love of the Redeemer through the Cross - and all the forms that it takes in our lives.


Anonymous said...

I love you so much, Mother Angelica! I can't even begin to tell you how much of an impact you have made in my life. Your love for Our Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist shines so brightly and leaves an everlasting fire burning for Him in my heart. God bless you and all of your daughters in Christ!
Ps. Happy Birthday!!!

Donna said...

Happy Birthday Mother!!!!! May God Bless you (and us) with many more


Donna from Massachusetts

marylou said...

Happy Birthday Mother Angelica!!!

Mahree said...

Happy belated birthday Mother. You helped save my life when I began to watch you on EWTN many years ago. Thank You and God Bless!
Mary Henry

Clairee Joel said...

Happy Birthday Mother Angelica! We love you and hope that you are well. May God continue to bless you for all that you have done and for the many lives that you have touched.

Our love,
Clairee Joel and Ouisa Cusack

Denise said...

Happy birthday, dear Mother Angelica!

DJ said...

Happy Birthday

My daughter (and I) love you. She dresses up to pray the rosary with you (EWTN) and says she is you.

(In her heart) she says you are her "favorite saint"!

She is 6 yrs. old and loves to draw pictures of you and give to our families.

Karen W. said...

Mother Angelica, Happy Mother's Day!! As you played a key role in introducing me to the Catholic Faith (along with Blessed John Paul 2), I consider you to be like a "spiritual mother" to me. I have now been Catholic for 4 years, thanks to your work in creating the EWTN television station. I love you, and am praying for you!
Karen W. from Callahan, Fl. U.S.A.

Anonymous said...

mother angelica, I'm so thankful that I found this website so that I may know how you are doing and that God has granted you this long life to bring so many to the faith and show them the love that you have for it. I so miss your show and wish you many more years with us and I pray for your comfort.
Joan Olmsted, wichita, ks usa

garethusa said...

Good morning and happy Sunday Mother Angelica, I hope that you are feeling good, full of peace and joy, and that you are surrounded by love, care, and wonderful prayer. I think of you every day and I have you in my prayers. I've only known you for such a little while and yet you bring me so much peace and joy when I hear your words! Very similar to the peace and joy when I pray to our Father, Mother, and the Holy Spirit. Happy belated birthday and belated Mother's Day. With love, Gareth

Alicia MH... said...

I too, am 88 years old, but in very good health for this age...So, I do live by myself, but never alone...I join you in Rosary every day they let you on, live in my own solitary life with Jesus all around me, and my angels too, are with me..Had to come to Pa. to find you, 4 years ago...God is good, and I keep in touch with my family...God bles you DEAR ONE..Love, Alicia