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By John-Henry Westen

  WASHINGTON, D.C., April 17, 2007 ( – At the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on April 13, EWTN celebrity and best-selling author Raymond Arroyo delighted the nearly 2,000 attendees with stories of EWTN foundress Mother Angelica.  Particularly captivating were his very authentic sounding Mother Angelica impersonations which, beyond sounding like the saintly nun, were in content and tone nearly identical to the original.

  In an interview with, Arroyo explained Mother Angelica’s devotion to the pro-life cause.  He said that Mother’s “own infirmities and being someone who was honestly forgotten and pushed aside by so many people” were motivating factors in that devotion.

“She had a great appreciation for life, no matter the state of that life, or our perception of the state of that life,” he said. 

  In his new book titled “Mother Angelica’s Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality”  Arroyo writes of a saying of the EWTN foundress noting that there is no greater power in the world than disabled children, children with Downs Syndrome.  “Those that we think of as ‘less than’ – she indicates and, indeed, the Church teaches, are the most precious and these great receptacles of love that we often miss,” Arroyo told  (the book is available from Amazon here: )

“To my mind,” said Arroyo, “Mother Angelica is a great witness to the pro-life cause because – here you had a crippled woman with no real education, in poverty, abandoned by her father at 5 and yet this is the instrument that God uses to create, what is today – the largest religious media empire on the planet.”

  Asked about his own devotion to a faith which is regarded by some as out of step on issues such as abortion and homosexuality, Arroyo replied, “I think as Catholics we are called to embrace and to defend the full teaching of the Church, in its totality.  It all hangs together.”

  The host of the popular EWTN show The World Over Live which is seen in more than 100 million households each week added: “I have friends who want to pull one thing out or want to exempt themselves from another whether it be contraception or embryonic stem cell research because they have a sick relative or they feel they have enough children.”  He told, “We can’t do this.  Once you begin to pull one thread out, the whole garment begins to unravel.  It is one piece.  It’s a whole cause and vision of life.  Its not our vision of life, or your vision of life or Mother Angelica’s vision of life – it is God’s vision of life and since He is the Creator, we owe him some deference here.  I think He knows better than we know.” 

  See Arroyo’s website and the EWTN website: