Browsing the 2020 archive of Deacon Ernie's Reflections

Browsing the 2020 archive of Deacon Ernie's Reflections

1-3-2021 Feast of the Epiphany of the LORD

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 12/30/20

Last week I shared with you, some of my musings about holiness. In my experience, rooted in Sacred Scripture and the writings of the saints, I posited that the path to holiness is trod when we are faithful in our efforts to become the person God has intended us ... Read More »

12-27-2020 Feast of the Holy Family

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 12/27/20

As I consider the significance of this feast day, I feel it safe to assume that everyone’s concept of family depends on her/his personal experiences. I grew up in a Catholic Italian family, where God, family and food were central to everything we did, said and believed. You could ... Read More »

12-6-2020 Second Sunday of Advent

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 12/06/20

Last week I mentioned that unlike Lent, a somber, penitential season, Advent is a season of joyful expectation – i.e., a season of hope, as expressed in today’s first reading from Isaiah:  “A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the ... Read More »

11-29-2020 First Sunday of Advent

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/29/20

I don’t think there is anyone who is not looking forward to turning the page on 2020. It’s been a tumultuous year in so many ways and I’m not going to further burden you by recalling what we’ve been through. When I read this weekend’s passage from Isaiah however, ... Read More »

November 22, 2020: The Gift of Prayer – Part 2

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/20/20

In last week’s Gospel, Jesus spoke the parable of the “talents,” which in his time were units of measure for precious metals. Today however, we understand talents to be unique skills or abilities individuals possess - e.g., singing, painting, writing, etc. Whether precious metals or innate abilities, the lesson ... Read More »

November 15, 2020: The Gift of Prayer - Part 1

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/13/20

The Lord Jesus says: “I am the Light of the World. No follower of mine shall wander in the dark; he shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). In his book, An Introduction to the Devout Life, (Free Book Download) Saint Francis de Sales articulates in clear, compelling ... Read More »

Writings of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity – Heaven in Faith

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/03/20

November 8th is the feast day of our parish patroness – St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. That being so, I thought it would be nice to share with you an excerpt from one of her writings, titled Heaven in Faith.

In August of 1906, three months prior to her ... Read More »

In Celebration of Mary: The Angelus – Model of the Spiritual Life: Part 2

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/26/20

In my previous article, I presented the Angelus as a model of the spiritual life, the first phase being to “conceive of the Holy Spirit” by faithfully committing ourselves to the Lord through prayer, active participation at Mass, reception of the sacraments, spiritual reading, works of mercy, etc. I ... Read More »

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 »