20 Brilliant, Sharp, and Witty Quotes from Mother Angelica

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1. “If you want to be holy, if you seek meaning in your life, start looking into your own life and attacking your pride in all of its many forms. God will give you extraordinary light and the ultimate reward of holiness. For your holiness relies not on what you do, but on what you allow God to do through you. Have courage. God will perfect you.”

 

2. “We are all called to be great saints, don’t miss the opportunity.”

 

3. “Faith is what gets you started. Hope is what keeps you going. Love is what brings you to the end.”

 

4. “Those who tell the Truth love you. Those who tell you what you want to hear love themselves.”

 

5. “God wants you to be in the world, but so different from the world that you will change it. Get cracking.”

 

6. “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.”

 

7. “Faith is one foot on the ground, one foot in the air, and a queasy feeling in the stomach.”

 

8. “Everything starts with one person . . . I don’t care if you’re 5 or 105, God from all eternity chose you to be where you are, at this time in history, to change the world.”

 

9. “Holiness is not for wimps and the cross is not negotiable, sweetheart, it’s a requirement.”

 

10. “If it wasn’t for people we could all be holy.”

 

11. “Holiness is not for wimps and the cross is not negotiable.”

 

12. “In everything that happens, Jesus is sounding the call to holiness.”

 

13. “Our witness is to be truly free—free in mind with no resentments to disturb us; free in spirit, ever seeking union with God.”

 

14. “I’ll blow the damn thing up before you get your hands on it.” When Bishops attempted to take her success from EWTN.

 

15. “He can go put his head in the back toilet as far as I am concerned.” Again, in response to Archbishop Rembert Weakland.

 

16. “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.”

 

17. “If you’re breathing and you’ve got two legs, you’re called to holiness.”

 

18. “I’m not afraid to fail…I’m scared to death of dying and having the Lord say to me, ‘Angelica, this is what you might have done had you trusted more.”

 

19. “Simply believing in the existence of God is not exactly what I would call a commitment. After all, even the devil believes that God exists. Believing has to change the way we live.”

 

20. “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 a poverty of truth today.”

 

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