Browsing the 2020 archive of Deacon Ernie's Reflections

07-12-20  A Guided Meditation

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 7/09/20

When reading Sacred Scripture, it’s important to stop and pay attention when something strikes you, be it a word, a phrase, a teaching - etc. As I read today’s Gospel, I was immediately struck by the very first line:  “On that day, Jesus went out of the house and ... 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 »

"Always Be Ready"

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 5/21/20

In last Sunday’s 2nd reading, when speaking to one of the early Christian Communities in Asia Minor (present day Turkey and Armenia), Saint Peter says to them:  “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with ... Read More »

Witnessing the Power of faith in Fatima, Portugal

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 5/15/20

Witnessing the Power of Faith in Fátima, Portugal (adapted from an article by travel expert - Rick Steves)

Wednesday, May 13th, marked the 103rd anniversary of the first apparition of the Virgin May to three Portuguese shepherd children in the hamlet of Fátima - Lucia dos Santos and her ... Read More »

Mothers and Priests Too!

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 5/07/20

To all those women in our parish who are with us and to all those who now rest in the peace and glory of the presence of God, I offer thanks for all that you were, are and will be as mothers of your children. May God bless you abundantly!

So, the title of this reflection was meant to get your attention, and hopefully it has. Allow me to explain. In today’s second reading from St. Peter, we see him speaking to Christian communities located in Asia Minor, telling them to:  “Come to him, a living stone…, and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house…, a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” The ‘priesthood’ of which he speaks is what is known as the Common Priesthood of all the faithful, as opposed to priests like Fr. Michael and Fr. Joe. They are ordained members of the Ministerial Priesthood.  So when I say ‘mothers are priests too,’ it’s true, because they, along with every baptized Christian are members of the Common ... Read More »

Relationships are Sustained through Mutual Accountability

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 5/07/20

All of the readings for this Sunday, including the psalm, are worthy of commentary, but since I seldom spotlight St. Peter, I decided to comment on today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

Acts is a continuation of Luke’s Gospel and focuses on the lives and times ... Read More »