Katie Fitzgerald reviews A Holy Hour with Mother Angelica, edited by Mary Claire Kendall and Taylor Wilson.
The recently released A Holy Hour with Mother Angelica is a collection of chapters adapted from the 1988 EWTN television series of the same name. Each chapter has a different spiritual focus. There are holy hours of reparation and repentance, on parables and the Passion, on the Beatitudes, the Ascension, and more. Each chapter also includes a litany, such as to the Sacred Heart of Jesus or Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Whatever the theme, Mother Angelica’s strong, no-nonsense attitude comes through strongly in each of her reflections. She guides readers toward the truth of the faith on all matters, unapologetically criticizing the errors of the greater culture and reminding believers that their true home is in God’s kingdom. She expresses her deep devotion to Jesus and models a beautiful commitment to prayer that every reader will desire to emulate.
Reading this book is as inspiring as watching Mother Angelica on television, and it feels almost like being in a room with her and having a personal moment of spiritual counsel. Though it would certainly be possible to meditate on the contents of each chapter for an hour (or more), these chapters can also be read in far less time if needed, which is a definite plus for busy moms.
A Holy Hour with Mother Angelica is a wonderful title to keep on a nightstand or bedside bookshelf to pick up at the start or end of each day for a time of private prayer. It would also be a perfect companion for going to Adoration, especially for those who don’t feel quite sure what to do with that quiet time before the Blessed Sacrament.
Mother Angelica’s words are as valuable and relevant today as they were more than 30 years ago, and it is a gift to have them collected here for the continued encouragement of the faithful.
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About the Author
Katie Fitzgerald is a former children's librarian turned stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. She and her librarian husband live in Maryland with their five children, the youngest of whom are boy/girl twins. She has published two textbooks for librarians, and she writes about homeschooling, books and the reading life from a Catholic perspective at ReadAtHomeMom.com and on Instagram @read.at.home.mom.