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Justice Postponed

After waiting to hear what happened, I finally received news of the sentencing hearing yesterday. Here’s the update from the DA:

“The newly appointed defense attorney filed a “Motion for New Trial” yesterday. He is essentially claiming “Ineffective Assistance of Counsel” as his basis for the motion. So . . . the sentencing was continued to April 22 at which time he will argue the motion. He claims he will have a couple witnesses, including the defendant, testify at the hearing. We will file an opposition to the motion for new trial and cross examine any witnesses that may take the stand in that regard.”

I was hoping this update would bring good news and reason to celebrate. Instead, I’m feeling disappointed and am really struggling to believe that this trial is going to end soon. I just want to move on with my life, but am concerned that the defense is going to win the motion and I’ll have to go through the entire trial process again. I’m striving to cling to the words & scripture that Fr. Agustino CFR continually reminded me in our conversation yesterday: “Do NOT be afraid, TRUST & cover yourself in prayer!”

Thank you to all of you who have been praying so faithfully for me, my recovery, this trial and for the defendant. I don’t know how I would survive without the incredible love and grace that comes from all your prayers! Please pray that I can have peace and accept the outcome of yesterday’s hearing. And please continue to pray for the defendant that she may come to know the incredible love, mercy & forgiveness of our Lord Jesus Christ.


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Happy New *Liturgical* Year!

Happy Advent Friends & Family!  

Today is the beginning of a new liturgical year for the Catholic Church. I’m always excited for a fresh new start. Every year I choose Advent to make my new year’s resolutions since most of mine have to do with my spiritual life anyway. As my recovery is going very well and at a fast pace these days I’m very excited for the physical progress I will make in this coming year. But I’m also very excited to see what God is calling me to do in this new year! Since I’m becoming stronger I know that God will present me with many new opportunities. It will be interesting to see what they are and to get back into the swing of things and start working again.

I pray many blessings for you and your families in this new liturgical year!


God is Sovereign! ~Rosario Rodriguez

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‘Eat Like a Turkey and Run Like a Gazelle’

Thanksgiving morning I joined about 1,100 other people at Reed’s Lake in East Grand Rapids for the annual   Gobble Wobble. It was my first race since I was shot in the chest and nearly killed a year and a half ago.  I walked 4 miles in an hour and 14 min’s! (The time clock in the picture says 15 but it took us some time to get the camera out!) This was a very exciting event for me on my road to recovery! I hope to work up to jogging at some point over the winter and from there get back to running. I know that there will be many more races to come!

A friend of mine is generously giving me personalized dance lessons for some dance therapy. He’s very careful with my injured muscle area and my energy level…. or lack thereof! It’s an absolute thrill for me to dance again and is great motivation for me to work hard at my recovery. I’m very grateful to be doing something that I love so much again!

There’s obviously so much to be thankful for! And I give my praise where praise is due…

(Clips of) Psalm 136

Praise the Lord, who is so good; God’s love endures forever;
Praise the God of gods; God’s love endures forever;
Praise the Lord of Lords; God’s love endures forever;
Who alone has done great wonders, God’s love endures forever;

The Lord remembered us in our misery, God’s love endures forever;
Freed us from our foes, God’s love endures forever;
And gives food to all flesh, God’s love endures forever.

Praise the God of heaven, God’s love endures forever.


God is Sovereign!

~Rosario Rodriguez

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Painting of St. Philomena Unveiled!

Painting of St. Philomena unveiled at St. John Vianney Parish

By Susan Evangelista

Artist Mic Carlson was commissioned to paint this lovely painting of Saint Philomena. Saint Philomena is a saint who has received extraordinary honor in the Church from popes, bishops, saints, and mystics. Pope Gregory XVI referred to her as the “wonder-worker” of the nineteenth century. Bl. Pope Pius IX declared her the “Patroness of the Children of Mary.” St. John Vianney attributed all of his miracles to her, stating, “I have never asked for anything through the intercession of my Little Saint without having been answered.”

In 1802, excavators working in the ancient Catacombs of St. Priscilla in Rome discovered a tomb with three terra-cotta slabs reading PAXTE; CUMFI; LUMENA which means “Peace Be With You, Filumena.” The slabs were marked with a lily, arrows, an anchor and a palm, indicating virginity and martyrdom. Inside were the remains of a girl of about thirteen years of age, along with a vial of her dried blood which signified that this was indeed a Martyr who died for the love of Christ and Christianity.

The Relics were transferred to the Treasury of the Rare Collections of Christian Antiquity in the Vatican where they remained for three years. In 1805, a priest from Mugnano del Cardinale, Don Francesco De Lucia, traveling to Rome with his newly appointed Bishop, requested and eventually received the relics of this Martyr “Filumena” to enshrine in his village church in Mugnano del Cardinale, Av, Italy. To this day, miracles are numerous and brilliant.

Mic was given holy oil from St. Philomena’s Sanctuary in Mugnano, Italy and he mixed the holy oil with his oil paints used to paint her! Father Mike Alber cried as he unveiled Mic’s painting.

The wife of the man who commissioned Mic to paint this saint has been diagnosed with an incurable melanoma cancer on the inside of her body. After talking to his parish priest Fr. Mike Alber of St. John Vianney’s Church, the man decided to dedicate a painting to St. Philomena who has been known to heal tough causes. Since that day, his wife has amazingly been in somewhat of a remission…something that has not happened since she was diagnosed.

There was a private unveiling last evening, Wednesday, August 4th for the family that commissioned Mic…who wish to remain anonymous…followed by a mass and unveiling for the church. It was so touching.

There was a testimony by Rosario Rodriguez, a young lady who was shot a year ago in an armed robbery…the bullet just missed her heart by 1 cm..and after much time in surgery and many prayers to St. Philomena for intercession in her healing…she lives. She said St. Philomena, who is constantly by her side, helped intercede in saving and healing her.

Needless to say, it was an emotional, beautiful ceremony…St. John Vianney’s Church on Clyde Park in Grand Rapids, MI is the permanent home for Mic’s painting. I am so proud.

~Mass was beautiful and as for the painting of St. Philomena… she’s absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! Seriously stunning! It is truly her. Mic Carlson did an incredible job! ~Rosario Rodriguez

For more photo’s of the unveiling check out this photo gallery: http://gallery.me.com/chaylupita/100176

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Melanie Pritchard’s Miraculous Recovery!

This is a wonderful article about Melanie’s miraculous recovery! As well as a beautiful picture of Melanie with her gorgeous daughter!!


Thank you for all of your prayers!!! What a joy to be a part of The Body of Christ and together be about God’s amazing work!!!

Also, thank you for all the prayers for my recovery and journey. I too am a product of God’s great miracles and am alive thanks to the power of prayer from the Universal Church! I truly cannot express in words how grateful I am for all of you who have prayed for me a year ago and who continue to pray for me.

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Exciting update on Melanie Pritchard!

Posted 11am AZ time

The latest update on Mel is that she is with her baby Ella right now as we speak…UNBELIEVABLE! My sister and I saw her last night. She is coherent and recognized us and was able to say I love you. She is in a tremendous amount of pain and has a long, long road of recovery from here.”

This update is from http://www.livinggracefully.net/2010/07/29/urgent-prayer-request-melanie-pritchard-in-critical-condition/

At the bottom there are links to websites where you can help support Melanie and Doug!

Here are a couple of other updates posted on livinggracefully.net from yesterday and this morning

9am (AZ Time) 7/30/10 Kemi  “Melanie Pritchard has to be one of the strongest women I know…she has overcome an amniotic fluid embolism, DIC, lung failure and heart failure. The only tube left in her is an iV with saline drip. Incredible turnaround since two night’s ago. She will see her baby for the first time tomorrow morning!!! Continue to pray for Mel, Doug, and their precious children.”

5PM (AZ TIME) 7/29/10 Kemi   posted this update to Facebook with a request for specific prayers: “Pray for a very exhausted husband and father, Doug. Melanie is at one hospital, Gabriella is at another Hospital and Brady is away from both parents for now. Doug is beyond physical and emotional exhaustion, but he’s staying strong for his family. A facebook page and website will be up soon where you can support them with cards, financially, and with prayers. Help spread the word.” I’ll post a Facebook page link as soon as I have it.

3pm (AZ Time) 7/29/10 – John of Arizona Right to Life emailed this note to me today: Just spoke with Melanie’s mom. Melanie recognized her and was alert. She is being weaned off of the medications that were helping her heart and lungs. She continues to need our prayers as there are some additional hurdles – BUT – all is looking so much better. THANK YOU all for your prayers. Our God is a mighty God. He reigns and His mercy endures forever. Give thanks to Our Lord for hearing our prayers and to Our Blessed Mother,all the angels and saints for their intercession. And special thumbs up to St. Anthony and St. Philomena.”

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One Year Later

It will be one year tomorrow (June 29) that we were joined together in a common purpose, dear friends of Rosario. Family, friends, acquaintances and even strangers around the country and around the world united their prayers with those of Rosario’s LA family as they kept their vigil at her bedside.

It was a dark time for Rosario, for our family and for her LA family, but your prayers sustained all of us. We knew we could count on you, Rosario’s Prayer Warriors, during those countless moments when we were so overwhelmed, shocked and numb that we lacked the energy to pray ourselves. We never would have survived without your generous love and support. Your prayers gave us hope and opened our eyes to the miracles that were happening daily.

One year later, Rosario is doing quite well, all things considered. She was originally told that it would take about a year for a full recovery. Over the past few months, we realized the doctors were referring to recovery time for surgery only. Their time frame didn’t include healing from the physical trauma of being shot, not to mention the mental and emotional trauma. She still had quite a ways to go, but is grateful for how far she has come.

The days and weeks preceding the first anniversary have not been easy for Rosario. She asks for your continued prayers in the coming days.

God bless you, and thank you for walking with us on our journey of the past year.

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