Browsing Deacon Ernie's Reflections

In Celebration of Mary: The Angelus – Model of the Spiritual Life: Part 1

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/22/20

“The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary, and she conceived of the Holy Spirit…” So begins the ancient prayer we know as, the Angelus. Historians speculate that the Angelus devotion originated as a result of an 11th century monastic custom, in which three Hail Marys were recited at ... Read More »

A Reflection on Mary

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/13/20

A Reflection on Mary

      As mentioned last week, October is traditionally referred to as the Month of the Holy Rosary, and that being so, I want offer up another reflection on our Blessed Mother Mary.

      When you think of Mary, what image comes ... Read More »

10-11-2020 - 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time A " A Commentary on Faith"

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/08/20

A Commentary on “Faith”

This week I thought it might be beneficial to move away from writing another scriptural commentary, and instead, share with you some insights about this thing we call ‘faith,’ something without which my commentaries would be meaningless!

 So first things first:  faith is intangible. We ... Read More »

9-27-2020 - 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time A - The Grace of Self-Knowledge

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 9/23/20

09-27-20:  26th Sunday A                                                                                  The Grace of Self-Knowledge  

Throughout his ministry, Jesus would often say unexpected things to make people stop and think about their priorities. Consider the rich man who asked:  “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus responds: “Go, sell ... Read More »

09-20-2020 - 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time A - The Lords Ways are not Our Ways

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 9/17/20

09-20-20:  25th Sunday A                                                                       The Lord’s Ways are not Our Ways

The key to the readings from this weekend can be summed up in the last sentence of the first reading:  “As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways ... Read More »

09-06-2020 - 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time A - "The Primacy of Love"

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 9/06/20

Although it goes without saying, I’ll say it anyway - we are living in extremely troubling times. The global pandemic that daily claims thousands of lives; the persistence of racism and a divided nation the likes of which we’ve not experienced since the Civil War, give us justifiable cause ... Read More »

08-30-20 - 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time A - Romans 12:2 and Matt. 16:23 "Be Transformed"

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/29/20

 “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, and pleasing and perfect.” St. Paul wrote these words over 2000 years ago to encourage the Christian community in Rome ... Read More »

08-23-20 - 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time A - Upon This Rock

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/23/20

There’s an old saying that goes:  “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” It’s interesting how one can read the Gospels over and over and yet always find something new in their meaning. Reflecting on the Gospel, this week, a fresh insight came to me that I’d ... Read More »

08-16 20 - 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time A - The Process of Making Saints

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/16/20

This past week was a week of feast day celebrations, beginning with Carmelite martyr, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross; 3rd century martyrs (Deacon) St. Lawrence, (Pope) St. Pontian and the priest Hippolytus; St Clare of Assisi and St. Maximilian Kolbe, priest and martyr. Finally on August 15, we ... Read More »

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 »