Browsing Deacon Ernie's Reflections

07-05-20  Our Help is in the Name of the Lord

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/02/20

Dear friends, having taken a step toward a return to ‘normalcy,’ with the resumption of a ‘regular’ weekend Mass schedule, the consoling message of Jesus that we hear in today’s Gospel gives us even greater comfort knowing that regardless of the difficulties we encounter in life, He is always ... Read More »

08-02-20  Nothing Can Separate Us From the Love of God

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/02/20

08-02-20  Nothing Can Separate Us From the Love of God

Last Saturday I found our American flagged wrapped several times around the pole on which it hung. Unfurling the flag I realized that I was feeling sad as I nostalgically recalled how proud and secure I used to feel ... Read More »

07-26-20  The Kingdom of Heaven is…

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 7/26/20

07-26-20  The Kingdom of Heaven is…

The proclamation of the good news of the kingdom of God was the focus of Jesus’ entire public life. In last week’s Gospel, he used several folksy metaphors to help people understand the kingdom. He compared it to a man who sowed good ... Read More »

07-19-20  The Spirit Intercedes for Us

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 7/22/20

It’s not often that I comment on something other than the Gospel, but today’s 2nd reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans is vital to understanding the importance of prayer in our relationship with God. I say this, because prayer is the means by which God ... Read More »

07-05-20 Our Help is in the Name of the Lord and 07-12-20  A Guided Meditation

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 7/09/20

07-05-20  Our Help is in the Name of the Lord

Dear friends, having taken a step toward a return to ‘normalcy,’ with the resumption of a ‘regular’ weekend Mass schedule, the consoling message of Jesus that we hear in today’s Gospel gives us even greater comfort knowing that regardless ... Read More »

06-28-20   From the life of St. Therese

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 6/26/20

Today’s Gospel presents us with one of the most perplexing teachings of Jesus. He says: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” The language in the parallel passage from ... Read More »

06-21-20   Never Give Into Despair

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 6/20/20

Dear Friends, I think you’ll agree that 2020 has been quite a year thus far, one that we’ll likely remember for the rest of our lives. Given the pandemic, the ongoing reports of murder and violence in the news, the protests and the revolting rhetoric among political rivals, I ... Read More »

Open Wide Our Hearts, the enduring call to love

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 6/11/20

Today we celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, also known as, Corpus Christi. It is a day on which we remember that Jesus, one of three divine persons of the Holy Trinity, became incarnate as a human being, so that by the sacrifice of his ... Read More »

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 6/03/20

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

The Solemnity of the Holy Trinity always presents a challenge to those of us who preach. The notion of three persons/one God is beyond our capacity to fully understand, especially when only Jesus, was actually a living person. Although we are familiar with ... Read More »

Deacon Ernie's Reflection on the Holy Spirit for Pentecost.

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 5/28/20

The Solemnity of Pentecost - 2020

This weekend, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Pentecost, which recalls the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ disciples and our Blessed Mother, who had been praying for nine days together after Jesus’ ascension. It is the day on which occurred the ... Read More »