Reflections on the Sacred Scriptures

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Friday after Ash Wednesday – On Fasting

Reading 1IS 58:1-9A Thus says the Lord GOD: Cry out full-throated and unsparingly, lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness, and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day, and desire to know my ways, Like a nation that has done what is just and

God is Faithful to the Promise…How Faithful Are You? – The 4th Wednesday of Advent…the Retreat Continues

Reading 1 Sg 2:8-14 Hark! my lover–here he comes springing across the mountains, leaping across the hills. My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag. Here he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattices. My lover speaks; he says to me, “Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful

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 truly believe? Do you really trust? – The 4th Monday of Advent….The Retreat Continues

Msgr. Esseff asks all to ask God for a special intention during this time in the retreat.

“Father, grant me an entirely new awareness of Your infinite love for me”

The Time Is Now – The Fourth Sunday of Advent….The Retreat Continues

Gospel Mt 1:18-24
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Do

Prepare Yourself with the Stations of the Cross – The Third Sunday of Advent….The Retreat Continues

Reading 1 Is 35:1-6a, 10 The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song. The glory of Lebanon will be given to them, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor

“Come to Me” – The 2nd Wednesday of Advent…The Retreat Continues

Reading 1 Is 40:25-31 To whom can you liken me as an equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these things: He leads out their army and numbers them, calling them all by name. By his great might and the strength of his power not one

“Comfort, give comfort to my people” – The 2nd Tuesday of Advent …The Retreat Continues

Reading 1 Is 40:1-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins.A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the

What do I need to bring to Jesus? The 2nd Monday of Advent – The Retreat Continues….

GospelLK 5:17-26 One day as Jesus was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there, and the power of the Lord was with him for healing. And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying

Prepare the Way of the Lord – The Second Sunday of Advent….The Retreat Continues

Reading 2 Rom 15:4-9 Brothers and sisters: Whatever was written previously was written for our instruction, that by endurance and by the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord

“Do You Believe I Can Do This?” – The 1st Friday of Advent …The Retreat Continues

Reading 1 Is 29:17-24 Thus says the Lord GOD: But a very little while, and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard, and the orchard be regarded as a forest! On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book; And out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see.

“A Strong City Have We…” – The 1st Thursday of Advent …The Retreat Continues

Reading 1 Is 26:1-6 On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: “A strong city have we; he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us. Open up the gates to let in a nation that is just, one that keeps faith. A nation of firm purpose you keep in

To Receive Like A Child – The 1st Tuesday of Advent …The Retreat Continues

Reading 1 Is 11:1-10 On that day, A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A Spirit of counsel and of strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of

BKL102 – “Can you drink the cup I drink?”

Gospel MK 10:35-45 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” He replied, “What do you wish me to do for you?” They answered him, “Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your

“The Image of the Unseen God”

Reading 1 Col 1:15-20 Brothers and sisters: Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him.

Divine Friendship – The Model of St. Martha

St. Martha is a particular favorite of Msgr. Esseff. He explores the profound experience of friendship that we can have with Jesus.    He shares a poignant personal experience to highlight this point. 1 John Chap 7-16a Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God

BKL97 – How Does Jesus Come To Us?

Reading 2 Eph 2:13-18 Brothers and sisters: In Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh, abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that

BKL96 – “The Identity of the Christian”

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the Christian identity. Before the world was made He chose us. Who are we? What does that mean for our lives and the life of the world? Reading 2 Eph 1:3-14 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual

To Love Our Enemies

Gospel Mt 5:43-48 Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on

What is the Law of God? Msgr. Esseff reflects on the 10 Commandments

Gospel MT 5:17-19 Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass

The Road to Heaven

Gospel MT 5:1-12 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are

The Deepest Mysticism

GospelJN 17:1-11A Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him. Now this is eternal life, that

The Power of the Holy Spirit to Unify

Reading 1ACTS 19:1-8 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior of the country and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They answered him, “We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” He said,

Call Upon the Holy Spirit for Discernment

Reading 1 ACTS 18:9-18 One night while Paul was in Corinth, the Lord said to him in a vision, “Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you. No one will attack and harm you, for I have many people in this city.” He settled there for

“What is true Virtue? What is Truth”

Reading 1 ACTS 17:15, 22—18:1 After Paul’s escorts had taken him to Athens, they came away with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible. Then Paul stood up at the Areopagus and said: “You Athenians, I see that in every respect you are very religious. For as I walked around

“So that the whole nation may not perish”

Reading 1 Ez 37:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD: I will take the children of Israel from among the nations to which they have come, and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land. I will make them one nation upon the land, in the mountains of Israel, and there shall

“To Kill A Mockingbird” – Who is the Jesus figure in your life today?

Msgr. Esseff reflects on Jesus’ rejection at Nazareth, the film “To Kill A Mockingbird”, and the rejection experienced by the saints during their lifetimes.  He shares a compelling moment that he witnessed in the life of Bl. Mother Teresa where she experienced a heartbreaking rejection from an unexpected group of people.  Who is the Jesus

When have you encountered your “Lazarus”?

Gospel Lk 16:19-31 Jesus said to the Pharisees: “There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich

Almsgiving – The Joy of Giving

Gospel Lk 6:36-38 Jesus said to his disciples: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,

The Call of the Martyr

Gospel Mk 6:14-29 King Herod heard about Jesus, for his fame had become widespread, and people were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead; That is why mighty powers are at work in him.” Others were saying, “He is Elijah”; still others, “He is a prophet like any of the prophets.” But

The Authority of Jesus

Gospel Mk 6:7-13 Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick –no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second

To See Jesus in the Familiar

Gospel MK 6:1-6 Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds

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

A Time of Spiritual Warfare – Recognizing the Enemy

Msgr. Esseff refers repeatedly in this podcast to “The Manual for Spiritual Warfare” by Dr. Paul Thigpen Ph.D. which he HIGHLY RECOMMENDS!   Reading 1 1 jn 2:18-21 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is

“In the beginning was the Word…”

Gospel jn 1:1-18 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light

I PROCLAIM TO YOU GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY

Reading 2 ti 2:11-14 Beloved: The grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of our great God and savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself

For nothing will be impossible for God

Reading 1 2 sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 When King David was settled in his palace, and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God dwells in a tent!” Nathan answered

“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about…”

Gospel MT 1:18-25 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her

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

A Guided Meditiation – “And their eyes were opened”

Msgr. Esseff leads the listener through a special Advent guided mediation based on the Scripture from Matthew. Gospel mt 9:27-31 As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!” When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you

BKL#80 – Are you prepared for the Lord’s coming?

Msgr. Esseff asks the question, “Are you prepared for the Lord’s coming?”  He challenges us to take a good look at our prayer lives and to prepare for the coming of Jesus in your life today. Gospel MK 13:33-37 Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Gospel MT 25:31-46 Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the

The Two Witnesses

Reading 1RV 11:4-12 I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me: Here are my two witnesses: These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths and devours their enemies. In this way,

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

Why Jesus Wept

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 you

BKL79 – “Are you the lazy servant?” – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff

“Are you the lazy servant?” Msgr. Esseff helps us to see that the talents equals God’s love. Knowing this, have you been the lazy servant?

To Be A “Holy Woman” – Proverbs 31

Msgr. Esseff reflects the importance of Christ in our lives, especially in the lives of women Reading 1 PRV 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize. She brings him good, and not evil, all the days

The Banquet Will Be Heaven…will you be there?

Gospel LK 14:15-24 One of those at table with Jesus said to him, “Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God.” He replied to him, “A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many. When the time for the dinner came, he dispatched his servant to say to those

The greatest of these is Love

Reading 11 COR 12:31-13:13 Brothers and sisters: Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and

“Arise!”

Gospel LK 7:11-17 Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city

The Cross is the Sign of Love

BKL 74 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – “The Cross is the Sign of Love”   Reading 2PHIL 2:6-11 Brothers and sisters: Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human

The Danger of Scandal and the Power of Love

Reading 11 COR 8:1B-7, 11-13 Brothers and sisters: Knowledge inflates with pride, but love builds up. If anyone supposes he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if one loves God, one is known by him. So about the eating of meat sacrificed to idols: we know that there

The Dilemma of the Workaholic – An Unexpected Take on a Parable

 Msgr. Esseff speaks of our “5 Talents” and the dangers for the “workaholic”. He offers Bl. Teresa of Calcutta and St. Pio as outstanding examples of the authentic Christian response to the Master’s request. Gospel MT 25:14-30 Jesus told his disciples this parable: “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted

“Who Do You Say That I Am?” – The Key to the New Evangelization and the importance of the Papacy

BKL 72 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – “Who do you say that I am?”   Gospel MT 16:13-20 Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one

“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them”

Gospel MT 19:13-15   Children were brought to Jesus that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” After he placed his hands on them, he went

“Lamentation and wailing and woe!” How close is God?

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the events found in the Middle East, the scourge of the Ebola epidemic, and the suicide of beloved public figure.  How are they connected?  It is the work of the enemy and we need to recognize that fact.  What is the remedy…more to the point, who is the remedy?  Jesus Christ!

BKL71 – “They all ate and were satisfied”

BKL 71 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – “They all ate and were satisfied”   Gospel MT 14:13-21 When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw

“Come to me”

Gospel MT 11:28-30 Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

God Bless America – Jesus said “Follow me”

Gospel MT 9:9-13 As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw this

“Is it not a participation in the body of Christ?”

1 COR 10:16-17 Brothers and sisters: The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake

Teach and Preach the Trinity

Gospel JN 3:16-18 God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him

Pentecost Sunday – Be Not Afraid!!! Peace Be With You!!!

Gospel JN 20:19-23 On the evening of that first day of the week,when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,for fear of the Jews,Jesus came and stood in their midstand said to them, “Peace be with you.”When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.The disciples rejoiced when they saw the

The Gift of Piety – Our Relationship with the Father

Gospel JN 17:20-26 Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: “I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the

The Ascension of Christ – The first novena of the Church

Reading 2 EPH 1:17-23 Brothers and sisters: May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him. May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the

Let Us Prepare Together – Day 4 – Unite with Me

Gospel JN 16:12-15 Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the

Let Us Prepare Together – Day 3 – Joy

John Chap 15:11 11“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.h

Let Us Prepare Together – Day 2 – Simplicity

Luke Chapter 9 3He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey,* neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic. 4Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.b

Let’s Prepare Together – Day 1

Msgr. Esseff would like to invite all who are listening to prepare together for the events leading up to the Ascension of Christ and then on to Pentecost. Today he would like to discuss the importance of this “retreat” and to suggest everyone focus on the following prayer and scripture passage:   Glory be to

“Go!” – Responding to the promptings of the Holy Spirit

Reading 1   ACTS 8:26-40 The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, “Get up and head south on the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route.” So he got up and set out. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, that is, the queen of the

The Story of the Power

Reading 1ACTS 7:51-8:1A Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes: “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always oppose the Holy Spirit; you are just like your ancestors. Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,

“Filled with Grace and Power”

Reading 1  ACTS 6:8-15 Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyreneans, and Alexandrians, and people from Cilicia and Asia, came forward and debated with Stephen, but they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he

Happy Easter! Have you met Jesus?

Gospel JN 20:1-9 On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken

Good Friday

Reading 1              IS 52:13-53:12 See, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high and greatly exalted. Even as many were amazed at himC so marred was his look beyond human semblance and his appearance beyond that of the sons of manC so shall he startle many nations, because

Holy Thursday – A Message on Priesthood

Gospel JN 13:1-15 Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fully

“What is the purpose of your life?”

Gospel JN 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 Jesus moved about within Galilee; he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him. But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret.

Why do you seek signs and wonders?

Gospel JN 4:43-54 At that time Jesus left [Samaria] for Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his native place. When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves had gone to the feast. Then

Who will be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?

Gospel MT 5:17-19 Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from

“Love your enemies”

Gospel MT 5:43-48 Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the

“Whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment”

Gospel MT 5:20-26 Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven. “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to

“When did we see you…” – First Monday of Lent

Gospel MT 25:31-46 Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

The Call to Evangelize…What is Your Response?

The Commissioning of the Disciples.*16f The eleven* disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.17* When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.18* g Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19h Go, therefore,* and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name

How do you receive Jesus?

Gospel MK 6:1-6 Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are

Do You Recognize Jesus in the Temple?

Gospel lk 2:22-40 When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, and

When the Storm Hits, Where is Your Calm?

Reading 1 2 sm 12:1-7a, 10-17 The LORD sent Nathan to David, and when he came to him, Nathan said: “Judge this case for me! In a certain town there were two men, one rich, the other poor. The rich man had flocks and herds in great numbers. But the poor man had nothing at

The Battle for the Human Heart

Gospel mk 3:22-30 The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.” Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven – Our Testimony

Reading 1 is 49:3, 5-6 The LORD said to me: You are my servant, Israel, through whom I show my glory. Now the LORD has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb, that Jacob may be brought back to him and Israel gathered to him; and I am made glorious in the

The Holy Name of Jesus

Philippians 2: 5 – 11 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

Is Christ Your Center? New Year’s Eve 2013

Reading 1 1 Jn 2:18-21 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of our number; if they had been, they would have

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

“To turn…the hearts of the children to their fathers”…The Fourth Monday of Advent….The Retreat Continues

Reading 1 Mal 3:1-4, 23-24 Thus says the Lord GOD: Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; And suddenly there will come to the temple the LORD whom you seek, And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire. Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who

Authentic Purity – The Third Wednesday of Advent….The Retreat Continues

Reading 1 Jer 23:5-8 Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David; As king he shall reign and govern wisely, he shall do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah shall be saved, Israel shall dwell in security. This is

“To Have a Relationship of Love” – The 2nd Saturday of Advent…The Retreat Continues

The Readings from the feast of St. John of the Cross: FIRST READING          1 Corinthians 2:1-10a When I came to you, brothers and sisters, proclaiming the mystery of God, I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him

“On That Mountain” – The 1st Wednesday of Advent …The Retreat Continues

Reading 1   IS 25:6-10A On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples A feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines. On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, The web that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death

A Special Advent On-Line Retreat – The First Sunday of Advent

This marks the beginning of a very special daily Advent retreat begin offered by Msgr. Esseff. He recommends to begin a journal and find a special time of the day to prayerfully reflect on the readings and reflections offered everyday. He would also like to encourage comments and e-mails, if you feel called to share

1st Monday of Advent – The Retreat Continues….

Reading 1   IS 4:2-6 On that day, The branch of the LORD will be luster and glory, and the fruit of the earth will be honor and splendor for the survivors of Israel. He who remains in Zion and he who is left in Jerusalem Will be called holy: every one marked down for life

On Thanksgiving

Gospel                Lk 17:11-19 As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten persons with leprosy met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” And when

By your perseverance you will secure your lives

  Gospel Lk 21:12-19 Jesus said to the crowd: “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense

For Your Consideration….A Special Request from Msgr. Esseff

Msgr. Esseff has a special request for your consideration and discernment. Here is the links he refers to in his brief podcast.     To donate visit : www.donate.discerninghearts.net   To visit the website directly visit: www.discerninghearts.com

“Teacher, when will this happen?”

Gospel Lk 21:5-11 While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here– the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.” Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will

The Value of the Widow’s Mite – What is the value of your gift?

Gospel Lk 21:1-4 When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus

Are you waiting for “Doomsday”?

Gospel Lk 17:26-37 Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

What type of servant are you?

Gospel   Lk 16:1-8 Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. He summoned him and said, ‘What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.’ The steward said to himself,

“For in hope we are saved…”

Reading 1  ROM 8:18-25 Brothers and sisters: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because

Division in the Family – enabling is not loving…increase love and grace with prayer

Reading 1 ROM 6:19-23 Brothers and sisters: I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature. For just as you presented the parts of your bodies as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness for lawlessness, so now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin,

Will you be prepared for the unexpected hour?

Gospel   LK 12:39-48 Jesus said to his disciples: “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will

The things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?

Gospel  LK 12:13-21 Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” Then he said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah! His Truth is Marching On!!!

Reading 1    JL 4:12-21 Thus says the LORD: Let the nations bestir themselves and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; For there will I sit in judgment upon all the neighboring nations.Apply the sickle, for the harvest is ripe; Come and tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for great

Do you truly forgive?

Reading 1 JON 4:1-11 Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry that God did not carry out the evil he threatened against Nineveh. He prayed, “I beseech you, LORD, is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? This is why I fled at first to Tarshish. I knew that you

“…for all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the law”

Reading 1  NEH 8:1-4A, 5-6, 7B-12 The whole people gathered as one in the open space before the Water Gate, and they called upon Ezra the scribe to bring forth the book of the law of Moses which the LORD prescribed for Israel. On the first day of the seventh month, therefore, Ezra the priest

“Who do you say that I am?”

Gospel              LK 9:18-22 Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’” Then he said to

“Consider your ways!”

Reading 1   HG 1:1-8 On the first day of the sixth month in the second year of King Darius, The word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai to the governor of Judah, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, and to the high priest Joshua, son of Jehozadak:Thus says the LORD of hosts: This people says:

Self-Centered? Self-Determined? The Spiritual Damage Done By the “ME”

Gospel   LK 7:31-35 Jesus said to the crowds: “To what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not

Labor Day – Come to Me All You Who Labor

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,* and I will give you rest.29* p Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves.30For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

“Woe to you, blind guides….”

Gospel  MT 23:13-22 Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the Kingdom of heaven before men. You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You traverse sea and

On Marriage

Gospel MT 19:3-12 Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?” He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and

The Strangers in Our Midst – How do you respond?

Reading 1    DT 10:12-22 Moses said to the people: “And now, Israel, what does the LORD, your God, ask of you but to fear the LORD, your God, and follow his ways exactly, to love and serve the LORD, your God, with all your heart and all your soul, to keep the commandments and

When was your day of “Transfiguration”?

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the feast of the Transfiguration.  He asks us to take time and prayerfully reflect and ask God to show you those moments of “transfiguration” in our lives. Gospel                              LK 9:28B-36 Jesus took Peter, John, and James and

Who is our “true” strength?

(notice portions of this podcast can be described as “choppy”, this is because of an internet issue….please be patient through those moments and pray for greater clarity for this particular set of  location recordings. ) Gospel  MT 14:13-21 When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a

The Reality of Hell

Gospel MT 13:36-43 Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the

The Christian Law – the Law of Love

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the great divisions affecting the world today…the laws of some religions which cause retaliation and pain. The Christian law is the law of Christ…to love as he loved.  Rebellion is occurring not only in the Middle East and other parts of the world, but also in our homes…even sons and daughters

Living with Sorrow

From Psalm 42   will say to God, my rock: “Why do you forget me?i Why must I go about mourning with the enemy oppressing me?” 11It shatters my bones, when my adversaries reproach me, when they say to me every day: “Where is your God?” 12Why are you downcast, my soul, why do you groan

Who is the “Evangelizer”?

The first thing to become an “evangelizer” is to receive God’s love.  The second step is to give it away.  We can do nothing without God. From the NAB  Mark Chapter 16 The Commissioning of the Eleven.14h [But] later, as the eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and

What is “Evangelization”? Do you really know what this means?

From the NAB  Luke Chapter 10 The Mission of the Seventy-two. *1After this the Lord appointed seventy [-two]* others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.a2He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to

To Love Our Enemies

Love of Enemies. *27r “But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,s28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.t29To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Reading 1 ACTS 1:1-11 In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during

Love That Unites

Reading 1  ACTS 15:7-21 After much debate had taken place, Peter got up and said to the Apostles and the presbyters, “My brothers, you are well aware that from early days God made his choice among you that through my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the Gospel and believe. And God, who

“Whoever Loves Me” a reflection by Msgr. Esseff

 Msgr. Esseff, upon his return from leading a retreat in Central America, reflects on the Gospel of the day. Gospel  JN 14:21-26 Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and

Easter Sunday – HE IS RISEN!!

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the meaning of Easter, as well as, shares a special story from his childhood. LK 24:1-12 At daybreak on the first day of the week the women who had come from Galilee with Jesus took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away

Good Friday

Reading 1 IS 52:13—53:12 See, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high and greatly exalted. Even as many were amazed at him— so marred was his look beyond human semblance and his appearance beyond that of the sons of man— so shall he startle many nations, because of him kings shall stand speechless; for

Palm Sunday – Our Entrance into Holy Week

At The Procession With Palms – GospelLK 19:28-40 Jesus proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem. As he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany  at the place called the Mount of Olives,  he sent two of his disciples. He said, “Go into the village opposite you,  and as you enter it you will find a

The Failure to See the Truth Before Our Eyes – Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Gospel  JN 11:45-56 Many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to

On the Road with Msgr. Esseff

We join Msgr. Esseff as he waits for a flight at the airport in Newark, N.J.  He is traveling to conduct a retreat in Tampa, Florida.  As he waits among all the people gathered in the airport, he finds Jesus in this experience.  He also recalls the event of the previous day where he presided

Live the Truth, Know the Truth, and Be Free – Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

 Msgr. Esseff challenges us to begin our day with a morning offering.  Keep a song a in your heart!  Start your day with Scripture…at least one little phrase.  Listen to Him speak to us.  Why not take and write down some of your thoughts.  Do an act of kindness or love for someone.  Thank the

Our Focus on the Father – Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Gospel  JN 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 Jesus moved about within Galilee; he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him. But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near. But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, he himself also went up, not openly but as it were

Pope Francis, A Surgery Update, and “What Takes Me Away From the Lord” – Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Reading 1EX 32:7-14 The LORD said to Moses, “Go down at once to your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt, for they have become depraved. They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them, making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it, sacrificing to it and

You Have Been Claimed for Jesus Christ – Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Gospel  JN 5:1-16 There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep Gate a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes. In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled. One man was there who had been ill for

The Power of Humility – Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

Gospel LK 18:9-14 Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I

The Power of Jesus – Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

GospelLK 11:14-23 Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute, and when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke and the crowds were amazed. Some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.” Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven.

The Commandments and Relationship with God – Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

Reading 1DT 4:1, 5-9 Moses spoke to the people and said: “Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. Therefore, I teach you the

The Prodigal Son – Resentments and Unforgivness – Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

GospelLK 15:1-3, 11-32 Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So to them Jesus addressed this parable. “A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father, ‘Father, give me

Be Merciful – Monday of the Second Week in Lent

Reading 1DN 9:4B-10 “Lord, great and awesome God, you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love you and observe your commandments! We have sinned, been wicked and done evil; we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws. We have not obeyed your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name

BKL30 – The Transfiguration and the Glory of God – Second Sunday of Lent

GospelLK 9:28B-36 Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to

Forgive, Forgive, Forgive….Especially Your Enemy – Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Gospel               MT 5:43-48 Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for

BELIEVE!!! Ask, Seek and Knock – Thursday of the First Week in Lent

Reading 1 EST C:12, 14-16, 23-25 Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish, had recourse to the LORD. She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from morning until evening, and said: “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you. Help me, who am alone and have no help but

Is the focus on myself or is it on the other? – Monday of the First Week of Lent

What is the nature of true Love?  Msgr. Esseff discusses what Love is or more to the point…who Love is.  We all have choices to make…will we allow division to rule in our hearts and in our families and relationships, or will we seek to reach out in Love, no matter the cost?  Is the

BKL#26 – The Epiphany – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the meaning of the “Epiphany” and how we can manifest the light of Christ to the world. Reading 1 Is 60:1-6 Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the

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

The Father Weeps… Saturday, Second Week of Advent

;powerpress] Msgr. Esseff discusses the tragedy which occurred in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, 2012. The murder of the innocent children at Sandy Hook Elementary breaks our hearts, it overwhelms us with grief.  Rachel is weeping for her children.  The Father weeps.  We must remember that the forces of light are greater than the forces

How do we respond when God answers our prayers? Friday, Second Week in Advent

 Msgr. Esseff reflects on the life and influence of St. John of the Cross.  He then shares some personal experiences which help to break open today’s reading from the Church. Gospel Mt 11:16-19 Jesus said to the crowds: “To what shall I compare this generation? It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to

Prepare the Way of the Lord! – Sunday, the Second Week of Advent

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

Who is the source of your joy? A reflection on the New Jerusalem

Msgr. Esseff discusses the things that we should truly be thankful for and what does when we dwell in despair.  Are you dedicated to the “false kingdom” or the true kingdom?  He tells the story of young man assaulted by demons and how the actions (or the lack of action) by his mother and others,

Who is the Church? A reflection on the feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica

Msgr. Esseff begins by offering a prayer for those affected by the terrible natural disasters around the world, in particular those on the east of coast of the United States and the earthquakes in Guatemala. He shares his memories of his life-changing encounter with the Sacred Heart of Jesus at the Basilica of St. John

Where have we been? Where are we going? The Choices We Make.

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the choices made on Election day 2012.  What are the larger issues and how are we being called to respond?  Msgr. Esseff discusses not only the culture in the United States, but also what is occurring in cultures throughout other areas of the world.  God is doing wondrous deeds through his faithful ones…be not afraid!

Everyone is invited to the banquet…

Our union with God is the greatest gift we have, so much so, that every knee shall bend at the name of Jesus!  What does that mean?  We’ve been invited to a great banquet by the King of Kings, the heavenly banquet that no one can take away from us, unless we place other persons

“In the name of Encouragement….reach out to one another”

Msgr. Esseff recounts some of his experiences as he directed retreats for the Missionaries of Charity Sisters in Italy and Spain.  He speaks of his time in Rome during the Synod for the New Evangelization and the Canonization of the Saints on October 21.  Be he also shares his experience of hearing about Hurricane Sandy

Recreation = Re “creating”: the importance of our Sabbath moments and trust in God

Msgr. Esseff, while on break between directing retreats, shares his time of respite that he is taking with family members who live in Sydney, Australia.  He feels it’s so important to appreciate the moments of “re-creating” (or it could be called “recreation”), a Sabbath-type of rest, that allows God to take care of our daily

BKL#6 – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Pentecost, Renewal, and the Nature of True Repentance

Show 6 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – Pentecost, Renewal, and the Nature of True Repentance Msgr. Esseff reflects on the first Pentecost and its meaning for us today. The continuing call to conversion in our lives and the nature of true repentance are topics he explores in this discussion.

BKL#2 – The Good Shepherd

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the readings from the 4th Sunday of Easter, and in particular, Our Lord’s teachings on role of the Good Shepherd.  Also at the end of this episode, Msgr. Esseff offers a prayer with St. Padre Pio for healing.

“May Your Will Be Done” – Reflections on the 5th Sunday of Lent

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the readings from the 5th Sunday of Lent.  Lord, create in me a new heart.  God wants to live in you.  How does that happen?  We must die.  What does that mean?  When we come to Jesus we must completely surrender.  Physical dying, in some ways, is easy, but surrendering to

The Darkness of Our Days vs. the Mercy and Love of God – Reflections on the 4th Sunday of Lent

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent. What are the darkness of our days? What is the message of this weekend’s liturgy? Mercy and Love! It’s not so much that God is so angry with mankind, but that He loves us so much that He would suffer and die for

The True Temple, God’s Commandents and the Danger of the False Idols – Reflections on the 3rd Sunday of Lent

Msgr. Esseff offers a powerful reflection on the readings for the 3rd Sunday of Lent. He brings together the gifts of the Commandments and the authentic understanding of the true Temple and the dangers we encounter with our false idols. Msgr. Esseff brings forward the issues of today, such as contraception and marriage, as well

Psalm 51 and Our Father

Psalm 51 Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful love; in your abundant compassion blot out my transgressions. Thoroughly wash away my guilt; and from my sin cleanse me. For I know my transgressions; my sin is always before me. Against you, you alone have I sinned; I have done what is

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