The Sacraments


St. Padre Pio, The Seraphim, and the Holy Eucharist – The Holy Angels with Msgr John Esseff

On the Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Msgr. Esseff discusses his interaction with St. Pio in relation to the Holy Angels. He then explains the role of Holy Angels at the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, and in particular, the presence and witness of the Seraphim.

BKL201 – The Angelic Realm and the Celebration of the Holy Mass – The Holy Angels with Msgr John Esseff

Msgr. Esseff continues his reflections on the Angelic Realm. He discusses the magnificence of the Throne of God. Isaiah Chap 6:1-4 In the year King Uzziah died,* I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne,awith the train of his garment filling the temple.2Seraphim* were stationed above; each of them had six wings:

The Sacrament of Reconciliation – the gift of the healing that flows from the confessional

Msgr. Esseff discusses the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  What is a “core wound”?  What prevents us from being Christ in the world today?  Who do we encounter in the confessional?  What is the role of the Cross in the confessional?  What does Jesus see from the Cross?  What is the role of the Holy Spirit in

Sts. Anne and Joachim – the parents of Mary, the grandparents of Jesus

Msgr. Esseff reflects on what it must have been like to be the parents of the “Immaculate Conception”. Can you imagine their reaction to the events that would effect the Blessed Virgin Mary? What was the love that must have transpired between the Grandmother and the Grandfather of Jesus.

Our Baptism into the Trinity

Reading 1ACTS 18:23-28 After staying in Antioch some time, Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence through the Galatian country and Phrygia, bringing strength to all the disciples. A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus. He was an authority on the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the

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

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

BKL56 – The Significance of our Baptism

Reading 1 is 42:1-4, 6-7 Thus says the LORD: Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. a bruised reed

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,

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 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

On Marriage and Spousal Love

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the nature of Marriage and authentic spousal love. The LORD God said: It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suited to him.* k19So the LORD God formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the air, and he brought them

The Power of Confirmation

Reading 1  ACTS 2:14, 22-33 On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed: “You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem. Let this be known to you, and listen to my words.“You who are children of Israel, hear these words. Jesus the Nazorean was

BKL#27 – The Meaning of Baptism – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the meaning of the “Baptism” and how it transforms us all. Gospel   LK 3:15-16, 21-22 The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming.

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 relationship of husband and wife – Tuesday, Third Week of Advent

Msgr. Esseff begins by answering a question about “consolation” and “desolation”.  Seek balance.  The mature Christian doesn’t have a too high an experience, nor too low.  Do you seek the God of consolations or consolations from God?  Virtue is union with God, not whether you have consolations or desolation. The center of our Advent preparation is

BKL#13 – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Those who suffer addictions and the Bread of Life

Show 13 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – How does the Bread of Life help those who suffer addictions?  Addictions take on many forms…drinking, eating, gambling, work, shopping, even self-absorption.  Part of the recovery is to realize they are bigger than we are and the only healing that can truly come is from the Divine

Reconciliation – Session 2 Day 6 of the Australian Spiritual Retreat

Msgr. Esseff reflects on Reconciliation.  One of the ways we know we sinned against God is …guilt.  Something is separating us from God.  The union of God has been “disconnected” from him by a choice we make.  Reunion with Christ comes about in reconciliation.

BKL#1 – “Easter and the Paschal Mystery: What have we been initiated into?”

Show 1 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – “Easter and the Paschal Mystery:  What have we been initiated into“ Msgr. Esseff reflects on the readings of the  3rd Sunday of Easter.  By virtue of our baptism, confirmation and reception of the Eucharist, who are we?  We learn what Peter and the community are capable of becoming because

Holy Thursday and the Role of the Priesthood in the Life of the Church

 Msgr. Esseff offers a reflection on the Priesthood, particularly in the light of the Holy Thursday liturgy.  The priesthood of the baptized is so very important, the role for each of us to be Jesus in the world today; however, those who have been called to the vocation of priesthood have a particular mission to

On the Deacon Retreat with Msgr. John Esseff Day 2 Talk 2 on “Grace and the Life of Jesus We Receive Through Baptism”

In January 2012, Msgr. Esseff conducted a weekend retreat for the Deacons and Deacon-Candidates and their wives of the Diocese of Fargo. The subject is GRACE and the life of Jesus we receive in Baptism.  From Ephesians Chap 4 v 7 -16, Msgr. Esseff discusses what he calls “that most magnificent passage” which transforms us.

Reflections from Msgr. John Esseff – “Father, forgive them…”

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the feast of St. Stephen the Martyr, the massacre in Nigeria at Christmas services, and his experiences in Lebanon.  The story he shares is particularly poignant and compelling.  He shares what we are called to do for Christ and what the future holds.  He discusses how important the devotion to the

The Priesthood and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Msgr. Esseff continues his reflections in the Chapel of Apparitions located in Paray le Monial, France. Msgr. Esseff opens up the special call priests have in bringing the Sacred Heart to the world.  He also brings forward the prophetic message of Pope Paul VI in 1970 which he warns of the attack of the evil

“Who Am I?” Our Identity and Awakening to the Presence of Jesus in Us

Msgr. Esseff shares the discovery that changed his life! He tells the stories of growning up in a deformed world and the awakening to the power given at his baptism and the realization our true identity. Our baptism conforms us into Christ, we increase in the Divine Life of Jesus Christ. Jesus dwells with us…transforming

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