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December 4, 2nd Sunday of Advent

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 12/04/22

For six years I lived with a priest from Iraq. His hospitality was amazing. Every single morning, he would greet me with gracious words and a friendly tone. “Father, good morning! It’s good to see you, my friend!” He never stopped doing it, even though we lived in the ... Read More »

November 27, 2022 1st Sunday of Advent

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/26/22

First Sunday of Advent 2022

A few days ago, my iphone gave me a weekly message: “Last week, your total screen time was down 17%.” I thought, good for me! But the message continued: “You averaged 5 hours and 23 minutes of screen time.” Yikes.

Where do we place ... Read More »

November 20, 2022, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/19/22

November 20, 2022, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

It’s not unreasonable to think that if God wanted to make a statement he could do so in a very dramatic way. After all, he spoke through a burning bush that didn’t actually burn, parted the Red Sea, ... Read More »

November 13, 2022 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/13/22

November 13, 2022 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Many make it their life’s ambition to determine precisely when the world will end. By reading the signs of the times, consulting scripture, or looking to prophetic predictions that are sometimes centuries old, they claim a certain credibility in being able ... Read More »

November 6, 2022 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/05/22

November 6, 2022

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Facing her 50th birthday and recently diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes, Rebecca was at a crossroads.  Realizing that she had neglected her health and fitness over the years and allowed herself to gain significant weight, she felt poorly about who she had ... Read More »

October 30, 2022 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/29/22

October 30, 2022

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Barry had a life sentence in prison for doing unthinkable crimes. He would often remark to the chaplain that he was an atheist and could not bring himself to believe in any “god.” When the chaplain asked why, Barry quickly retorted ... Read More »

October 23, 2022 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/23/22

October 23, 2022

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

There is a thing called “false piety.” It is when we wear a religious disguise of devotion, attend to our obligations, and outwardly abide by rules while being inwardly unkind, uncharitable, and exclusive. Wearing the right clothes, saying the proper prayers, ... Read More »

October 16, 2022 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/14/22

Brendan wouldn’t stop. He continued nagging his mom to let him have a little more time with his phone.  He knew the rules but wanted to finish a game and text a few more friends. He begged, had a temper tantrum, pleaded, screamed, pouted, and used every means he ... Read More »

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/07/22

October 9, 2022

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ten lepers were cured. Only one returned to give thanks. When we fall victim to entitlement, we diminish our capacity to love. Never satisfied, we walk around with outstretched arms, eagerly searching for the next thing we want so that we ... Read More »

October 2, 2022 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/02/22

October 2, 2022

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

As adults, unless we are dealing with children, “obedience” is not a word we typically like to hear. It often brings connotations of military protocols, deference to superiors at work, or conforming to laws and practices. In a culture that has ... Read More »