Before I had ever watched Mother Angelica, I dismissed her as a grumpy old nun who couldn’t possibly have anything to say to my life.

But the first time I really sat down and listened, I was so caught off guard by how much I was laughing and how adorable I found this sassy, grandmotherly nun, that I was hooked.

Here are some of our favorite quotes and clips from the cloistered, charismatic T.V. nun:


On people and holiness:

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On whether or not you have to go to Church:

   Caller:  Hello Mother Angelica

   Mother Angelica: Hello, caller.  How can I help you today?

   Caller: Um. I would like to know if a person can still go to heaven without going to church

   Mother Angelica:  *long pause*  *crickets*  Are you serious??!


On seeing an unexpected guest in her studio audience:

On what we should be working for:

“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.”

On the haters who never thought EWTN would make it:

On laughter:

“You must laugh your way to heaven because tears won’t get you there.”

On Jesus in the Eucharist:

On her greatest fear:

“I’m not afraid to fail, because I’ve always learned something when I’ve failed. I’ll tell you what I’m afraid of- and when I think about it I break into a cold sweat – 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.” I’m petrified of that.”

On refusing to go to hell for peanuts:

On doing the hard things:

“Lord, don’t let me chicken out if you have something hard for me to do.”

On those who have been away from the Church:

On work:

“Be fervent about the work you do, and do it very well, because it is a part of your sanctity.”

On God’s exclusive love for each person:

On speaking the truth:

“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 the truth today.”

On suffering:

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On the cross:

On the fear of admonishing sinners:

“You want people to suffer forever in hell but you don’t want to hurt their feelings now? What kind of love is that?”

On dying: