Friday, July 13, 2012


Today is the feast of Blessed Carlos Manuel  Rodriguez Santiago. One of his sisters was a Carmelite nun (like  St. Teresa of the Andes, whose feast is today as well) and his brother was the first Puerto Rican to become an Benedictine Abbot at his monastery. Charlie didn't go the vocational route of his siblings, he probably couldn't due to his health, but he was an uber-layperson. As a child he never missed a chance to altar serve and he was heavily involved with the Church, evangelizing college students and teachers, teaching catechises, producing publications, and co-organizing a chorus. No doubt that had his health been better he would have made a great scholar or preacher in a friary somewhere. He was a Member of the Knights of Columbus, The Brotherhood of Christian Doctrine and the Confraternity of the Most Holy Name of God and Jesus (Holy Name Society), a confraternity under the care of the Order of Preachers.

He had a favorite saying which is inscribed on his tomb, "Vivimos para esa noche!" (We live for that night). It refers to the Easter Vigil.

Beatus Carolus, ora pro nobis

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