Category Archives: Recovery

Do Something Beautiful with Leah Darrow

I had the pleasure of sharing my story with Leah Darrow for her podcast. It was a very fun conversation where we also chat about Lord of the Rings, growing up in big families, having brothers who go out of their way to annoy us and A LOT more! LOL You can listen to it here: “Do Something Beautiful Podcast”


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The Catholic Feminist Podcast

I recently shared my story with Claire Swinarski and had a wonderful conversation about the healing power of Forgiveness! You can listen to it here at: The Catholic Feminist Podcast

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6 years of carrying a bullet in my shoulder

This past Monday, June 29th, marked the sixth year anniversary of when I was shot. Past years I’ve gathered with family and friends to celebrate and thank God for the incredible miracles He performed that night. Some years I have a dinner or a party and I usually go Mass.

It’s amazing to think back to that night and the days following and see how far I’ve come thanks to the Grace of God and the many, many prayers from friends, family, and even strangers all over the world!

Words cannot even begin to describe how grateful I am to all those who’ve prayed for me, supported me, and have been by my side throughout these past six years as I stumbled my way to recovery. I’ve made mistakes and at times haven’t been the easiest patient. Through all of it, I’ve learned what true friendship looks like and am thankful to those who stuck by me and loved me during the darkest moments of my recovery.

The day I was released from the hospital

The day I was released from the hospital

Six years later I still have some incision pain from the surgery and little issues with swallowing every once in awhile. My energy level still isn’t what it used to be and I’m still pretty jumpy. But I’m incredibly grateful that for the most part I’m fully recovered. I’m also grateful for all the opportunities to share my story and reach out to others who are hurting more than I could possibly imagine.

For the past two years I’ve been speaking to gangsters with the LAPD at Operation Cease Fire and last year I addressed 300 prisoners. If you would have told me that I would be speaking to those who’ve hurt people the way I’ve been victimized I would have thought you were crazy! Yet, with the grace of God and many friends and family praying for me and for them I’ve been able to reach out to them. While I stand in front of them as a victim, I strive to share with them a message of healing and forgiveness.


I’m still on my journey of healing and living a life of love and forgiveness and I do that carrying a bullet in my right shoulder. My prayer is that what was meant for death can be used for life!


“The God of all grace who called you to His eternal glory through Christ Jesus will himself restore , confirm, strengthen , and establish you after you have suffered a little.” 1Peter 5:10

“Cast all your worries upon Him because He cares for you.” 1Peter 5:7

Speaking to prisoners of a high max security prison.

Speaking to prisoners at a high max security prison.

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My Radio Interview on Daybreak with TJ and Rachel

Here’s a link to the live radio interview I did with TJ and Rachel on Daybreak Morning Show for Spirit Catholic Radio Network back in July. We discuss Forgiveness, the Power of Prayer, and the Healing power of the Sacraments!

(Scroll down the page to 07 – 11- 12 Rosario Rodriguez for the interview.)

Daybreak interview with TJ & Rachel

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Thanking God for the Gift of My Life

In thanksgiving for the gift of my life and for my full recovery I wish to go on three pilgrimages. Some may think that’s excessive but one can never thank God enough! Not only are these pilgrimages my way of thanking God (as well as Our Blessed Mother & saints for their intercession) but it’s a way for me to see the beauty of this world and live my life to the full. The three pilgrimages I hope to make are to:

1. The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City – I’ve always had a devotion to her and have been blessed by visiting her basilica before when I lived in Mexico. But I want to thank her for protecting me. I was wearing a beautiful medal of her the night I was shot and I know without a doubt she was there with me. And like every wonderful mother she hasn’t left my side!

2. Rome/St. Philomena – Visiting Rome is my way of thanking the Church both Militant and Triumphant for their intercessory pray that has poured an abundant of graces upon me these past two years. And while in Rome I definitely want to make a side trip to Mugnano and visit St. Philomena who too has been my constant companion. Someone brought a booklet of prayers to her to my hospital room and to this day I have no idea who. She has been a good friend to me from heaven and I want to thank her by visiting her Shrine.

3. El Camino de Santiago/The Way of St. James – It’s a very physical pilgrimage of 700 miles but very beautiful! I’ve had many friends make the camino and their powerful experiences and stories have planted a deep desire to make the camino for myself. After watching the movie The Way only increased my desire to make this pilgrimage. This pilgrimage would be one of thanksgiving to God but especially honoring Him and giving Him glory for my physical recovery.

If you have ever been to any of these locations and have some advice or someone I can contact please feel free to email!

God is Sovereign!

~Rosario Rodriguez


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A Step from Heaven (Con los Pies en el Cielo)

This is a beautiful documentary about Juan Angel Ruiz who had an accident that left him a quadriplegic when he was 16. In this movie he shares his story and outlook on life, believing love and service bring meaning to life, no matter the circumstances. Gloria & Emilio Esefan also share their story of surviving a horrific accident.

Both stories touched my heart and inspire me as I journey on my road to recovery.

“To Love, to live, to smile. Enjoying every moment. For sure, it’s worth it. Life is wonderful. It’s a gift from God. And that to know it and experience it is worth the pain. It doesn’t matter the apparent circumstances. Life is wonderful.”

~Juan Angel Ruiz

Head over to facebook and like the page for ‘A Step of Heaven’

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Christopher Closeup Podcast

My lastest and most in-depth interview to date is now online: Christopher Closeup Podcast with Tony Rossi.  Listen to the two full podcasts in which I share about surviving two attacks by violent criminals and how I’ve learned to forgive my assailants.  The first podcast contains details about the second attack (what went on in the ER, my spiritual journey through recovery, etc.) that haven’t been shared before.  In the second podcast, I talk about my family, faith and missionary work.

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After the rain…

Posted by Cecilia

Dear friends, Sorry to leave you hanging on the whole kidney stone/heart thing. Thank you for all of your prayers! Rosario and Dad come out of their respective health concerns free of life-threatening complications. (Thus the slight delay in passing along the info.)

We’ll start with an update on Dad: The heart catheter showed absolutely no blockage, to our great relief. They still aren’t sure what is causing his chest pains, but Dad thinks it could be a hiatal hernia. Apparently several of Dad’s family members have suffered from this particular type of hernia and reported very similar symptoms to what Dad experienced. He has yet to verify his suspicions with the doctor, since it’s not as life-threatening as a heart attack. He is doing well and very grateful that he didn’t have to spend any more time in the hospital, where he was bored out of his mind as he had nothing interesting to read.

If you remember, Rosario was concerned about another kidney stone interfering with her attendance at an event in New Jersey where she was scheduled to share her story. Thanks to your prayers, she was able to keep the pain at a manageable level, and she made it to the event. Rosario’s story of forgiveness ended up being paramount to the retreat. It had an amazing impact on the young people that heard her speak. She still had pain throughout the weekend, and it finally subsided that Sunday evening.

Thank you again for all your continued prayers.


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When Forgiveness is Hard

Here’s an interview I did with Pat Gohn for the “Among Women” Podcast. In this interview I share about my story of Forgiveness as well as details from surviving a robbery &  shooting!

When Forgiveness is Hard

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Sentencing & Stuff

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for this Tuesday, March 22nd. This could be it: Rosario might finally have a sense of justice and closure. Of course the last two sentencing hearings did not go as expected, so please continue to pray for Rosario and all parties involved.

On one hand, Rosario is looking forward to the end of this legal chapter, but on the other hand she is apprehensive about what happens next and trying to figure out where her life goes from here. As I mentioned before, the past several weeks have been full of anxiety. Rosario is trying to take things one day at a time, and thankfully she has a small recovery goal to keep her mind off the nerve-wracking state of not knowing the next phase of God’s plan.

It’s actually a BIG recovery goal: Rosario is training for a 5k!!!!!! Training started last week and Rosario ran for the first time since she was shot over a year and a half ago! Milestones in her recovery are few and far between these days, but still exciting, emotional and well worth celebrating!! She is training under the watchful eye of our in-house running expert (aka Mom) and with the encouragement/approval of her physical therapist. Rosario reported nothing more than the chronic pain from her incision, other than the expected soreness that comes when one runs for the first time after a long absence. She has a ways to go before she can run a full 5k, but she will get there.

Again, please pray for the outcome of the sentencing hearing on Tuesday, the 22nd. I will let you know any news as soon as I hear it. Thank you for being steadfast with your prayers and support on this long journey!!

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