Browsing Deacon Ernie's Reflections

Browsing Deacon Ernie's Reflections

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 »

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 »