Browsing Deacon Ernie's Reflections

09-01-19 Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast and Change for Dessert!

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/31/19

I was working at Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield when it merged with WellPoint Inc. back in 2004. At that time, I became part of a task force charged with leading “culture shaping” efforts throughout the new company. In addition to doubling in size from twenty thousand to ... Read More »

St Therese of Lisieux

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/30/19

On October 1st, the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world will celebrate the feast day of Saint Therese′ of Lisieux. In this series, I will present various selections from Therese′ writings, in hopes of affording you a new or renewed appreciation for who she was and how she lived. ... Read More »

08-25-19 Divine Renovation

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/29/19

In last week’s bulletin I mentioned a quote by Pope Francis that I want to use as a starting point for this week’s reflection:  “I encourage (every parish) to undertake a resolute process of discernment, purification and reform.” I suspect the reasons for this request are many, but there ... Read More »

08-17-19 A “Missionary” Parish

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/29/19

Since my ordination in 2014, I have had the privilege of working with clergy and laity of the Archdiocese and of other dioceses throughout our country. In my work I have observed that while faith and devotion among Catholics remain strong, some seem to have lost their sense of ... Read More »

08-11-19 “Knowing Jesus Changes Everything

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/29/19

In the long form of today’s Gospel Jesus speaks two parables that deal with ‘responsible stewardship.’ Both parables emphasize the fact that discipleship is a privilege, and should never be taken lightly. It is necessary therefore, that we give priority to our relationship with Jesus and all that it ... Read More »

08-04-19 Seek What is Above

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/29/19

Three weeks ago we heard the Gospel story of Jesus’ visit to the home of Martha and Mary. Recall that while Martha busied herself with hospitality, Mary sat listening to Jesus, which He ultimately said was a better choice.  In doing so, Jesus was not being ungrateful to Martha, ... Read More »

07-28-14 Merciful Like the Father

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/29/19

In 2015, Pope Francis announced a Jubilee Year of Mercy and applied the motto: “Merciful Like the Father,” to remind us that as disciples, we are called to be channels of God’s mercy to others. Re-call that in what has come to be known as His “Sermon on the ... Read More »

07-14-19 Do this, and you will live

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/29/19

At the very beginning of the Rite of Baptism for children, the presiding priest or deacon claims each child for Christ by tracing the sign of the cross on their fore-heads. In today’s 2ndreading, St. Paul tells us: “Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God.” Thus, the ... Read More »

06-30-19 Discipleship –an All or Nothing Prospect

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/29/19

Time  and  again  you’ve  heard  me  speak  of The  Great Commission, when prior to His ascension into heaven, Jesus  told  his  apostles  to: “go therefore and make disciples  of  all  nations,  baptizing  them   in  the  name  of  the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching ... Read More »

06-23-19 Give them some food yourselves

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 8/29/19

Besides St. Paul, there is no other apostle whose character is revealed as clearly as that of St. Peter. When I think about this fisherman, this impulsive, talk-before-you-think, bombastic man, I can’t help but feel in some ways, we are a lot like him! Recall if you will, the ... Read More »