Browsing Deacon Ernie's Reflections

Browsing Deacon Ernie's Reflections

08-30-20 - 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time A - Romans 12:2 and Matt. 16:23 "Be Transformed"

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/29/20

 “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, and pleasing and perfect.” St. Paul wrote these words over 2000 years ago to encourage the Christian community in Rome ... Read More »

08-23-20 - 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time A - Upon This Rock

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/23/20

There’s an old saying that goes:  “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” It’s interesting how one can read the Gospels over and over and yet always find something new in their meaning. Reflecting on the Gospel, this week, a fresh insight came to me that I’d ... Read More »

08-16 20 - 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time A - The Process of Making Saints

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/16/20

This past week was a week of feast day celebrations, beginning with Carmelite martyr, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross; 3rd century martyrs (Deacon) St. Lawrence, (Pope) St. Pontian and the priest Hippolytus; St Clare of Assisi and St. Maximilian Kolbe, priest and martyr. Finally on August 15, we ... Read More »

07-05-20  Our Help is in the Name of the Lord

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/02/20

Dear friends, having taken a step toward a return to ‘normalcy,’ with the resumption of a ‘regular’ weekend Mass schedule, the consoling message of Jesus that we hear in today’s Gospel gives us even greater comfort knowing that regardless of the difficulties we encounter in life, He is always ... Read More »

08-02-20 - 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time A - Nothing Can Separate Us From the Love of God

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/02/20

08-02-20  Nothing Can Separate Us From the Love of God

Last Saturday I found our American flagged wrapped several times around the pole on which it hung. Unfurling the flag I realized that I was feeling sad as I nostalgically recalled how proud and secure I used to feel ... Read More »

07-26-20 - 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time A - The Kingdom of Heaven is…

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 7/26/20

07-26-20  The Kingdom of Heaven is…

The proclamation of the good news of the kingdom of God was the focus of Jesus’ entire public life. In last week’s Gospel, he used several folksy metaphors to help people understand the kingdom. He compared it to a man who sowed good ... Read More »

07-19-20 - 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time A - The Spirit Intercedes for Us

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 7/22/20

It’s not often that I comment on something other than the Gospel, but today’s 2nd reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans is vital to understanding the importance of prayer in our relationship with God. I say this, because prayer is the means by which God ... Read More »

07-05-20 Our Help is in the Name of the Lord and 07-12-20  A Guided Meditation

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 7/09/20

07-05-20  Our Help is in the Name of the Lord

Dear friends, having taken a step toward a return to ‘normalcy,’ with the resumption of a ‘regular’ weekend Mass schedule, the consoling message of Jesus that we hear in today’s Gospel gives us even greater comfort knowing that regardless ... 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 »