Browsing Deacon Ernie's Reflections

Browsing Deacon Ernie's Reflections

1-19-2020 Here I am Lord; I come to do your will!

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 1/18/20

Here I am Lord; I come to do your will.

In today’s excerpt from the prophet Isaiah, he shares with us an intimate detail of one of his encounters with God: “The Lord said to me: you are my servant.” Many years later referring to himself Jesus said: “the ... Read More »

1-12-2020 Baptism of Jesus

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 1/12/20

Baptism of Jesus

When I read scripture, I often wish that more information was available so as to leave out the guesswork. Take for example the 18 ‘hidden years’ of Jesus. Between the ages of 12 and 30, we don’t know anything about him. Consequently, we can only speculate ... Read More »

1-5-2020 The Epiphany of the Lord

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 1/05/20

The Epiphany of the Lord

Epiphany takes its name from the Greek word, epiphania, which denotes the visit of a god to earth. For Christians, today’s feast recalls the adoration of Jesus by Gentile (non-Jewish) wise men (magi) from the East, emphasizing the fact that Jesus came as the anointed one ... Read More »

12-15-19 Jesus is the Messiah - the Christ!

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 12/13/19

Jesus is the Messiah - the Christ!

Today, being the third Sunday of Advent, is known as Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. The term “Gaudete,” is taken from the entrance antiphon of the Mass: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.” As you know, ... Read More »

12-1-19 The Most Meaningful Christmas Ever!

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 12/01/19

The Most Meaningful Christmas Ever!

Once again our annual celebration of Advent is upon us, a time of joyful preparation for the Solemnity of Christmas, when the first coming of Christ is remembered, and also a season when our minds and hearts are directed to His second coming at ... Read More »

11-24-19 From the Writings of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/21/19

From the Writings of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

In the time leading up to Advent, I will be sharing selections from the writings of St. Elizabeth to help you get to know her better. I have found that the personal writings of the saints, especially their letters of ... Read More »

11-17-19 The Life of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/15/19

Elizabeth Catez was born on July 18, 1880 in the military camp of Avord near Bourges, where her father was stationed. When she was two years old the family moved to Dijon in the Burgundy region of France. Elizabeth’s mother described her as having an explosive and quick-tempered nature ... Read More »

11-10-19 I am Elizabeth of the Trinity

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/08/19

I am Elizabeth of the Trinity

On Friday, November 8th, the Catholic world celebrated the memorial of Elizabeth Catez, a.k.a., Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity. Along with Saint Therese, Elizabeth was a member of the Carmelite order. Both women lived their lives as cloistered nuns; Therese in Lisieux and ... Read More »

11-3-19 YOU are the Light of the World

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/02/19

YOU are the Light of the World

Last weekend I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of serving as a small group facilitator at the Archdiocesan Synod. To be in a room full of hundreds of faithful Catholic women and men was humbling and inspiring. There were several recurring ... Read More »

10-27-19 Grow as a Disciple & Go make Disciples

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/26/19

Grow as a Disciple + Go and make Disciples As we gather together to celebrate the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, there’s another very special gathering taking place. Approximately 300 delegates are participating in a synod this weekend, to assist Archbishop Blair in charting a course for the future ... Read More »