Browsing Deacon Ernie's Reflections

Browsing Deacon Ernie's Reflections

2nd Glorious Mystery – Ascension of Jesus

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 4/22/21

Never could you have imagined the things you experienced over the past several years or the people you’ve come to know and love. It all began the day you first met Jesus. The time you spent with him, with his Mother Mary, Mary Magdalen and others of his close ... Read More »

1st Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection of Jesus

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 4/15/21

It’s morning, three days since Jesus was executed. You’re still in shock over what happened on Friday, and if not for the friendship of Jesus’ mother, young John, Mary Magdalen and those others who stayed with him throughout his passion, you’re not sure where you’d be or what you ... Read More »

The Feast of Divine Mercy, 2021

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 4/11/21

In the year 1934, a Polish nun, Helena Kowalska (now Saint Maria Faustina) began keeping a personal diary that she titled, Divine Mercy in My Soul. That same year she wrote: “…During Holy Mass I was given the knowledge of the Heart of Jesus and of the nature of ... Read More »

The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery – the Crucifixion

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 3/24/21

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As Jesus is lifted up after having fallen under the weight of the cross, he summons what little strength he has to continue. Numb but determined, Jesus’ mother Mary locks arms with you as you walk in step with the crowd following Jesus. In ... Read More »

4th Sorrowful Mystery – Jesus Carries His Cross

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 3/18/21

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After having seen Jesus brutally scourged and crowned with thorns, you recalled what Simon Peter told you that Jesus said: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me!”

You know now that with those words, Jesus was ... Read More »

3rd Sorrowful Mystery – Jesus is Crowned with Thorns

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 3/04/21

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After witnessing Jesus being brutally scourged, you remember what he said to Pontius Pilate:  “For this I came into the world, to testify to the truth… Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Again, Pilate’s response echoes in your mind: “Truth? ... Read More »

2nd Sorrowful Mystery – Jesus is scourged

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 2/23/21

As a way of imaginatively meditating on this 2nd Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary, I ask you once again to insert yourself into the scenes I present - seeing, hearing, feeling all that is happening

Watching from a distance, you see Judas Iscariot and a cohort of soldiers approach ... Read More »

Lenten Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary:  1st - Jesus’ Agony in the Garden.

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 2/18/21

Lenten Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary:  1st - Jesus’ Agony in the Garden.

Introduction:   One of my favorite verses from scripture is the one we hear on Ash Wednesday from the Prophet Joel:  “Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with ... Read More »

The Power of Jesus’ Touch

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 2/13/21

Dear friends, for those who heard me preach at the 4:00 Mass last Saturday, this article will be somewhat redundant.  That night I shared a line from the Gospel that really struck me. Jesus had just entered the house of Simon Peter, whose mother-in-law was sick with fever. “He ... Read More »

The Cross Exemplifies Every Virtue

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 2/06/21

In preparing my homily for this weekend, I was particularly struck by the first lines of the reading from the book of Job, which in my estimation reflect what we’re all feeling during this seemingly endless pandemic. “Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery? Are not his days ... Read More »