In 1981 a cloistered nun named Mother Angelica, using merely entrepreneurial instincts and a steadfast faith in God created what would become the world's largest religious media empire in the garage of a her monastery located in the hills of Birmingham, AL.
The Eternal Television Network grew at a staggering pace, both in people tuning in and in sharing the message of God, to where it now reaches over a hundred million viewers in hundreds of countries around the globe.
This portrait “Nun of the Media” tries to capture the story of this extraordinary nun, Mother Angelica, who is known and loved by the many that tune into "Mother Angelica Live" on the EWTN Network.
The portrait also manifests the power of prayer which comes from the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration who have backed up Mother's global media work. Mother herself is seen at the switchboard of Eternal Word Television Network with her Rosary in hand.
The painting also encompasses the satellite dishes and shortwave radio towers of EWTN that make it Global Catholic Network.
Behind the nuns, in the center of the piazza stands the The Monument of the Divine Child Jesus (El Divino Niño). It Serves as a symbol of the eager love of our God, the Child Jesus offers His Heart to all who approach Him, "Prophecy of Isaiah (11:6): “. and a little Child shall lead them”
Behind El Divino Niño is the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, a Temple consecrated to Almighty God, open to people of all faiths.
Visitors often remark that this Temple is “a true oasis of silence and peace.” Mother Angelica explains that “when you come into the Temple you are in the Presence of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” She prays that each person who enters will be aware of this great and wonderful reality
This reproduction is from an original oil painting by Catholic Artist Mark Sanislo of Minneapolis Minnesota.
The original oil painting can be seen by the public, down in Hanceville, AL at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
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