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First came the miracle. Then, 70 years ago this August 15th [71 years as of 2015] she laid the foundation for all that would follow. While millions of people glory in EWTN, the international broadcast empire Mother Mary Angelica built—the one that has brought hope and healing to those inside and outside of the Catholic Church for more than thirty years—few appreciate that it all stands on a decision made by Angelica when she was twenty-one years of age.
Among the many impressive traits of Mother Mary Angelica, her willingness to embrace risk and even suffer in her pursuit of God's Will has always stood out. Seventy years ago this week, Rita Rizzo, a vivacious, wounded girl from a broken home took a step that would change the course of church history and alter the direction of millions of lives. She got there by fearlessly following the inspiration of the present moment.