But while Mother Angelica understood the importance of forgiveness, she also understood the importance of upholding her Christian values. In “The Father’s Splendor,” the Poor Clare nun also wrote “I am a mirror to my neighbor, and in that mirror, he must see a reflection of Jesus. If that mirror is cloudy or distorted, Jesus' reflection will be so vague it will hardly be seen.”
She strived to imitate Jesus in all things – even when doing so seemed to compromise her convent’s material sustainability or her dream to spread God’s Word. When the local TV station that she originally taped her show at planned to air a film that was blasphemous, she threatened to pull her program from the station and build her own studio at the convent, even though she knew she would have a crew of 12 cloistered nuns with no television experience and $200 to work with. They aired the film, and she built her studio.
Prior to that time, Mother Angelica and the other nuns produced packages of peanuts for various venues, in order to keep the convent going. But when someone went to the convent looking for a kickback, she pulled the nuns out of that venture. She once revealed, on “Mother Angelica Live” that she told the corrupt man “Look. If I’m going to hell, it’s not going to be over a peanut.”