Browsing Deacon Ernie's Reflections

The Hand of the Lord Feeds Us

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 7/22/21

The Hand of the Lord Feeds Us                                                                                              July 25, 2021

As I mentioned last week, it’s important to pay attention to the words of sacred scripture that stand out for you because God often speaks to us personally through His inspired word. Well, this week, it was ... Read More »

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 7/17/21

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

It is not often that I focus my reflection on something other than the Gospel, but as I have said to you before, when a scripture passage strikes you, pay attention – it could be God speaking a personal ... Read More »

Take Nothing for the Journey

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 7/08/21

The past couple of weeks, we have been hearing stories about a few of the Old Testament prophets as well as from St. Paul, someone who can rightly be considered a prophet of the New Testament. If you heard me preach last week, I talked about the role that ... Read More »

God Writes Straight with Crooked Lines

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 7/03/21

The three readings this weekend offer a practical perspective about life through the experiences of the prophet, Ezekiel, St. Paul and that of Jesus as well.

Two quotations come to mind in this regard. John Lennon, of the Beatles said:  “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy ... Read More »

The “Markan Sandwich”

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 6/24/21

In our Gospel this Sunday, we read something biblical scholars refer to as a ‘Markan Sandwich.’ Obviously, it’s not something you eat, rather it’s a literary device intended to impart an important lesson. In this method, Mark inserts a story inside another story. Sequentially, today’s Gospel flows like this: ... Read More »

5th Glorious Mystery: Mary is Crowned Queen of Heaven

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 6/14/21

In this last of the Glorious Mysteries, the Crowing of Mary as Queen of Heaven, I reference the vision of the woman and the dragon by a man who called himself John, and who is said to be the author of the Book of Revelation. I want to qualify ... Read More »

Reflection on the Mystery of Faith

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 6/09/21

Over the past several weeks we celebrated three great feast days:  The Solemnities of Pentecost, the Most Holy Trinity and the Most Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Solemnities are feast days of the highest order that celebrate a mystery of faith, or a significant event in the life of ... Read More »

The Presence of the Holy Trinity in Our Soul

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 5/30/21

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, was born in France in 1880, and grew up in Dijon close to the city's Carmelite monastery. At age 17 when she visited the monastery, the mother superior said to her: 'I just received this circular letter about the death of Therese of Lisieux, ... Read More »

Pentecost Sunday

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 5/19/21

The Power, Light and Wisdom of the Holy Spirit

The feast of Pentecost is often considered the “birthday” of the Church, but as we see in chapter 1 of the Acts of the Apostles, the “Church” already existed in the form of a small community of believers. In his ... Read More »

4th Glorious Mystery: The Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 5/10/21

Ever since that momentous day when you, along with Jesus’ mother, Mary Magdalen and the other disciples were suffused with the power of the Holy Spirit, the community of believers has continued to grow, but not without difficulties, even at times with hostile resistance. This was certainly the case ... Read More »