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A Lent Like No Other

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

My dear friends, in today’s Gospel we hear once again the story of Satan tempting Jesus in the desert. He does so in three ways. He tempts him…, to satisfy his physical needs: “Command this stone to become bread;” to question God’s love for him: “Throw yourself down the ... Read More »

Homily on The Beatitudes

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

“Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven…” Christians the world over have been praying the Lord’s prayer for more than 2000 years, and undoubtedly will continue to do so for centuries to come. Each time we recite these words of Jesus, we ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C: February 6, 2022

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

Among the many graces that can be derived from Sacred Scripture, is the fact that the lessons it contains still apply today, regardless of having been written by different people of a different time thousands of year ago. This probably comes as no surprise to anyone, in that all ... Read More »

Forth Sunday in Ordinary Time C

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

Back in college I took a wonderful course titled Poets and Prophets. As the title suggests it was a study of several books contained in sacred scripture that are classified as poetry, such as the book of Job, the Psalms and the Song of Songs. The course also introduced ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Advent - Blessed Are You Who Believed

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

In today’s Gospel passage from Luke, we hear the story that would eventually become the Second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary - i.e., the Visit of the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth (mother of St. John the Baptist).

Each time I read or hear what Elizabeth says to ... Read More »

Advent – a Season of Hope, Faith, Joy and Peace

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical cycle. It is a solemn season that has a two-fold character. It is a time of preparation for the Solemnity of Christmas, in which we recall the first coming of Jesus the Christ – i.e., the messiah or the anointed one. ... Read More »

To the Parishioners of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

To the Parishioners of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish

Dear friends, it is with mixed emotions that I share this news: effective December 5, 2021 I am being reassigned to the Parish of St. Mary in New Haven. While St. Elizabeth of the Trinity will still be my ... Read More »

Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

“For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice." So concludes the Gospel for the great Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe, which we celebrate today. This proclamation by ... Read More »

The Lord is Closer Than You Think!

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

This Sunday being the last Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Church offers us a celebration explicitly centered on the mystery of the end-time – i.e., the end of the world. In today’s Gospel Jesus says:  "In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon ... Read More »

The Two Greatest…

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli

In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 12: 28b-34), Jesus clearly describes the two greatest commandments: to love God above all and to love our neighbors as ourselves. In preparing this reflection I came upon commentary that took me down a path I was not anticipating. In it, the author said:  ... Read More »