The Blessed Virgin Mary

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What is your relationship with Mary? – The 4th Tuesday of Advent….The Retreat Continues

Reading 1  IS 7:10-14 The LORD spoke to Ahaz: Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God; let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky! But Ahaz answered, “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!” Then Isaiah said: Listen, O house of David! Is it not

“Do you not know that I am your Mother” – The 3rd Monday of Advent….The Retreat Continues

Reading 1  RV 11:19A; 12:1-6A, 10AB God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with

The 2nd Friday of Advent…The Retreat Continues

Msgr. Esseff continues his Advent retreat with reflection on the gospel for today, but also on the presence of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Alleluia R. Alleluia, alleluia. The Lord will come; go out to meet him! He is the prince of peace. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mt 11:16-19 Jesus said to the crowds: “To what shall

The Immaculate Conception – The 2nd Thursday of Advent…The Retreat Continues

Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree, the LORD God called to the man and asked him, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden; but I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself.” Then he asked, “Who told you that you

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – The Conquest of Death!

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and it’s meaning for our lives and destiny. He brings forth from the liturgy of the day the Sacred Scripture a teaching which begins with fall of man, but the redemption brought about by Jesus Christ. And because of His Resurrection, death has no

Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

Msgr. reflects on the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Ancestry, and Spiritual Warfare

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the area of spiritual warfare.  He encourages all listeners to engage in a deep reflection on their own ancestry (particularly their parents) and it’s possible influence on our own spiritual battles. reading 2 Gal 4:4-7 Brothers and sisters: When the fullness of time

Our Lady of Guadalupe

RV 11:19A; 12:1-6A, 10AB God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and

BKL#23 – Prepare the Way of the Lord!

Now is not a time of gloom and despair…it is a time of anticipation and glory! Msgr. Esseff shares his experience at a prayer service that took place at 12 Step retreat.  He speaks of a woman named Helen who witnessed to a healing miracle that occurred 17 years earlier at Lourdes, but it turn of the

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

* A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman* clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.a 2 She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.* 3 Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was

Our Lady’s Holy Rosary

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary  

Our Lady of Sorrows – Stabat Mater

Sequence (Optional) – Stabat Mater At the cross her station keeping, Stood the mournful Mother weeping, Close to Jesus to the last. Through her heart, his sorrow sharing, All his bitter anguish bearing, Now at length the sword had passed. Oh, how sad and sore distressed Was that Mother highly blessed Of the sole begotten

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Reading 1   RV 11:19A; 12:1-6A, 10AB God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child

The Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Gospel MT 11:25-27 At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by

St. Anthony, Family, Our Lady and so much more on Msgr. Esseff’s birthday

June 13 is Msgr. Esseff’s birthday! He wishes to share special memories, stories and important reflections on St. Anthony, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and his own family.

The Gift of Understanding – Mary, Our Model

Gospel LK 1:39-56 Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most

The Annunciation – To Ponder Like Our Lady….the Queen of Discernment

Gospel LK 1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly

Christmas – “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”

Gospel Lk 2:15-20 When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Gospel   Lk 19:41-44 As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace– but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle

BKL#49 – To Have a Spirit of Gratitude and Faithfulness like Mary – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff

Show 49 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” –   To Have a Spirit of Gratitude and Faithfulness like Mary Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of the Sacred Scriptures and on the Immaculate Heart of Mary: Reading   12 KGS 5:14-17 Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times at the word of

Preparing Ourselves in Honor of Our Lady of Fatima

Reading 1      JL 1:13-15; 2:1-2 Gird yourselves and weep, O priests! wail, O ministers of the altar! Come, spend the night in sackcloth, O ministers of my God! The house of your God is deprived of offering and libation. Proclaim a fast, call an assembly; Gather the elders, all who dwell in the

The Prophetic Call and the Visions of Fatima

Reading 1   MAL 3:13-20B You have defied me in word, says the LORD, yet you ask, “What have we spoken against you?” You have said, “It is vain to serve God, and what do we profit by keeping his command, And going about in penitential dress in awe of the LORD of hosts? Rather must

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

Gospel   LK 10:25-37 There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all

Mary sees our needs and wants us healed – The Hail Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this

The Model of the Holy Family – A lamp for today’s darkness

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the model of the Holy Family, especially in today’s world. From the NAB Luke Chap. 2 *41Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,p42and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom.43After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the

The Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary – join us!!!!

Msgr. Esseff is introducing to the 169 seminarians gathered at the Institute of Priestly Formation this summer to the Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary! Thanks to Anthony Mullen, Ray Mooney and the all involved at http://www.myconsecration.org/ for donating 200 copies of the 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do It Yourself Prepartion for Marian Consecration which will

The Feast of the Visitation

Gospel LK 1:39-56 Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said,

BKL#25 – The Holy Family – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the importance of the family in our lives.  He shares two very personal stories to offer insight on the role of fathers in the heart of each family. Reading 2 Col 3:12-21 Brothers and sisters: Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing

BKL#24 – The joy that flows from Mary’s simplicity – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff

Evil is crushed by the lowly!  The joy that flows from Mary’s simplicity…the humility of Bethlehem. Msgr. Esseff talks about the Blessed Virgin Mary and how a little girl named Marilee helped him come to a greater understanding of Our Lady.  Our salvation came about because of obedience and humility; our Mother,  Mary, was the exemplar of that submission.

Our Lady of Guadalupe “A Woman Clothed with the Sun” – December 12

“Do you not know I am your Mother?”  Msgr. Esseff reflects on the Great Mother of God, Mary Most Holy…Our Lady of Guadalupe.  First, he discusses the image itself that was left for all of us.  Then he talks about our relationship with her today!   Ps 1:1Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab God’s temple in heaven

The Immaculate Conception – December 8

Msgr. reflects on the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Immaculate Conception. Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree, the LORD God called to the man and asked him, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden; but I was afraid, because I was naked, so I

BKL#17 – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Our Lady of Sorrows

. Msgr. Esseff reflects on the meaning of Our Lady of Sorrows. How do we connect that with the suffering of Christ?  All the suffering we endure is united with Jesus, and the Blessed Mother guides our way.  She is our mother and the power of her love is incredible.  Ask her to come to

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the birth of the Virgin Mary.  But even more than that, he ponders the importance of the Blessed Mother in our lives.  The gift of her presence in the action of salvation history and  role is the “Mother” of us all.    

St. Mary Seminary in Cleveland, OH Retreat Day 2 – Radical surrender and giving up all to follow Jesus

Msgr. Esseff shares some of the experience from the on-going seminarian retreat in Cleveland, OH.  He reflects on the gospel reading which presents the teaching of Jesus about how it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Woman Clothed with the Sun – Be NOT Afraid

Msgr. Esseff begins the first day full day of the silent retreat portion for the session 2 participants from the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity in Australia.  He feels called to reflect on the “The Woman Clothed with the Sun”, Our Blessed Mother.  Many around the world are fearful because of events taking place

Holy Saturday with Mary

Msgr. Esseff calls us to deeply ponder the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary during the Passion of Christ, but also in our own lives as well.  

Our relationship with the Father, the role of Mary, and the 3 levels of the heart – talk 2

Msgr. Esseff spoke at a recent conference which was held in PA. in November 2011.  In the 2nd talk he speaks of our true relationship with the Father in Heaven, the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the 3 levels of the heart and the place of Jesus in our lives.  

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