Since late November 2015, when she was placed on a feeding tube, Mother Angelica’s health has been steadily declining. According to EWTN on February 22, Mother Angelica’s “condition remains delicate and she receives devoted care day and night by her sisters and nurses.” She is still, however, staying at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery.
Although plagued by the reality of our temporary body, her soul magnifies the Lord with a simple smile that is found every now and again. Her life, which is one of constant reminder that despite following close to Christ our life will not be easy, but it will be worth it.
For years she has been a role model to so many Catholics and she continues to be that role model for most. She even passed through the Holy Doors receiving the special jubilee grace showing us all the life of one who never stops being a disciple of Christ.
Mother Angelica, who is now 92 years old, offers us a message of suffering not only taboo to the world but also helps us grasp the reality of union with God through suffering.
“We don’t understand the awesomeness of living even one more day. I told my sisters the other day, “When I get really bad give me all the medicine I can take, all the tubes you can stuff down me.”
“Why’d you want that?”
“I want to live.”
“Because I will have suffered one more day for the love of God… I will exercise you in virtue. But most of all I will know God better. You cannot measure the value of one new thought about God in your own life.”
In the newsletter of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, the sisters extend a “heart-felt thank you” to all those who continue to pray for Mother Angelica’s health.
Mother Angelica once said,
“Faith is what gets you started. Hope is what keeps you going. Love is what brings you to the end.”
Out of love for our neighbor may we all continue to send our prayers not only to Mother Angelica but also to all those who suffer from illnesses and those who care for them.