In 1993, EWTN launched WEWN, a shortwave radio station, the worlds largest privately owned facility of its kind. The money came from the late Piet Derksen, a Dutch leisure-industry billionaire who had never met Mother Angelica until he spotted her in a hotel lobby in Rome. Ask her how she came to start the shortwave operation, and shell tell you it was the archangel Michaelliterally. She saw him on a hilltop near Irondale, and he told her to build it there. So she did, even though experts told her it wasnt an ideal location.
She is reflecting on the 20th anniversary of EWTNa "miracle," as she calls itbut also on the shrine itself, another miracle. "I think it is going to give people courage. They lack aweof the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. And they lack couragethey wont fight for anything. They have no guts. I think what they experience when they walk into the church is courage. Thats why it was built."Mother Angelica gives me courage. No challenge I face comes close to the number or magnitude of challenges that she faced --willingly.
Yesterday I thought about Father Altier's homilies being on EWTN........wouldn't that be great?
another good deed by a Dutchman.