Browsing the May 2020 archive of Deacon Ernie's Reflections

Browsing the May 2020 archive of Deacon Ernie's Reflections

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 »