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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Mother Angelica’s Little-Known Love of the Latin Mass

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An interesting point today from Churchpop.com: "Most people know Mother Angelica (may she rest in peace!) as the spunky nun who founded EWTN. But did you know that she preferred the use of the Latin language for Mass?

"Catholic journalist Raymond Arroyo, who wrote a popular biography of Mother Angelica, reports that she thought that “Latin was the perfect language for the Mass.” She explained: “It was almost mystical. It gave you an awareness of heaven, of the awesome humility of God who manifests Himself in the guise of bread and wine. The love that He had for us, His desire to remain with us is simply awesome. You could concentrate on that love, because you weren’t distracted by your own language.”

"She also didn’t like how the priest faces the people, rather than the altar. She said this turned the Mass into “something between the people and the priest.” “Too often,” she continued, “it’s just some kind of get-together and Jesus is all but forgotten.” READ MORE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: God bless Mother Angelica. I fear we shall not again see mainstream Catholic television activists (who are actually Catholic) such as Mother Angelica for a long, long time.  Here was a woman who wasn't afraid to speak the truth, no matter the costs.  I'll never forget back on May 16, 2001, for example, hearing these words live from Mother Angelica when she was asked if she believes we were given the entire Third Secret of Fatima:
As for the  Secret, well I happen to be one of those individuals who thinks we  didn’t get the whole thing. I told ya! I mean, you have the right to  your own opinion, don’t you, Father? There, you know, that’s my  opinion. Because I think it’s scary. And I don’t think the  Holy See is going to say something that does not happen, that might happen. And  then what does it do if it doesn’t happen? I mean the Holy See cannot  afford to make prophecies, because. I know,  — I don’t know — my  funeral . . . It’s not me, so don’t look at me . . . Something’s gonna happen soon. It could be twenty years before it  happens. So to God “soon” could be a thousand years. We don’t  know that.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.

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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.