Browsing Deacon Ernie's Reflections

Browsing Deacon Ernie's Reflections

10-20-19 Scripture – an encounter with the living God

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/22/19

Scripture – an encounter with the living God

In today’s 2nd reading, St. Paul tells his young protégé Timothy that, “All Scripture is inspired by God, and is useful for teaching, refutation, correction and for training in righteousness.”  Although his letter was written some 2000 years ago, the truth ... Read More »

10-13-19 Stand up and go; your faith has saved you."

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/16/19

Faith is truly a remarkable, yet mysterious virtue. It is indispensable in its ability to help believers come to know, love and understand Jesus, as well as the countless other faithful souls whose words and works have brought us to this very moment in our faith journey. Consider this: ... Read More »

Deacon Ernie Scrivani Homily on St Therese of Lisieux

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/16/19

Reflection on St. Therese.

On Tuesday, October 1st the Catholic Church celebrated the memorial of St. Therese of Lisieux. Deacon Ernie preached about her at Pastoral Center that morning. If you’re interested in listening to his homily - go to Facebook and search: Archdiocese of Hartford. You’ll find the ... Read More »

9-29-19 Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus : Luke 16: 19-31

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/16/19

Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus                                                                                     Luke 16: 19-31

Created in God’s image, we have been bequeathed the gift of choice, commonly referred to as ‘free will,’ which, depending on the circumstances can be a blessing or a curse. In today’s second reading, St. Paul reminds us of ... Read More »

9-22-19 Praise for the Unjust Steward??? Luke 16: 1-13

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 9/23/19

 Today’s Gospel about the dishonest steward has understandably baffled theologians and others for centuries. After all, why would Jesus share a parable where dishonesty is praised and justifiable punishment abated?  Here’s the deal: Jesus told parables to help people reflect on their way of life and to set them ... Read More »

09-15-19 Ministry and Mercy

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 9/17/19

In my last article, I underscored the fact that: “the times they are a-changin,” in an effort to keep the persistence of change in the forefront of our consciousness. While this is indeed true, one thing that will never change is the fact that we are sinners. That said, ... Read More »

09-08-19 The Times They Are A-Changin’

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 9/08/19

The Times They Are A-Changin’

Jesus often used examples in nature to help people understand what he was teaching them. Take for example the parable of the fig tree:  "Behold the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know ... Read More »

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 »