Mother Angelica: When You Pray, Know God Can Do It!

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By Mother Angelica, Catholic Exchange, Nov. 5, 2021

Mother Angelica (1923-2016) was a Franciscan nun and founder of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). She remains one of the most popular figures and personalities on Catholic television as well as a powerful witness for Christ.

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from a chapter in Mother Angelica’s Guide to the Spiritual Life. It is available from your favorite bookseller or online through Sophia Institute Press.


Do you ever feel like you want something really bad, but you aren’t really sure God can give it to you? There’s a joke about a woman who had a big mountain behind her house, and she couldn’t see the valley on the other side. She got angry, and she knew her Gospel so she said, “I’m going to pray, because the Lord said, ‘If you have faith of a mustard seed, you can move a mountain’ ” (see Matt. 17:20). Well, she prayed, and the next morning she got up and there was that mountain sitting there, as big as ever. And she said, “That’s what I thought. Ha, ha.” You see, she didn’t have any actual faith or trust in God.

Zechariah & Holiness

Now let’s talk about Zechariah, the great father of John the Baptist. I want to see if you don’t think this way with your own life and your family. Families become hopeless today because people start to despair and say, “Well, there’s nothing I can do!” Yes, there is. You can be holy! You may be the only one striving, but you’re there. That only means you’re like Jesus, and you cannot tell me that being like Jesus will not transform your neighborhood, your school, your parish, and your family. …

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