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Msgr. John A. Esseff is a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Scranton. He was ordained on May 30th 1953, by the late Bishop William J. Hafey, D.D. at St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton, PA. Msgr. Esseff served a retreat director and confessor to Blessed Mother Teresa. He continues to offer direction and retreats for the sisters of the missionaries of charity around the world. Msgr. Esseff encountered St. Padre Pio, who would become a spiritual father to him. He has lived in areas around the world, serving in the Pontifical missions, a Catholic organization established by Bl. Pope John Paul II to bring the Good News to the world especially to the poor. Msgr. Esseff assisted the founders of the Institute for Priestly Formation and continues to serve as a spiritual director for the Institute. He continues to serve as a retreat leader and director to bishops, priests and sisters and seminarians and other religious leaders around the world.
||CleanBKL#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.||1/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBKL#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. - From the USCCB readings fo the day: Reading 1 Is 60:1-6 - Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come,||1/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHoly Family Sunday – Honoring Mother and Father – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff Podcast||The Feast of the Holy Family - Jesus, Mary, and Joseph - Msgr. Esseff discusses honoring our parents - The reality of our society and the challenge - The wounds and the need for healing||12/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“The Fourth Sunday of Advent” – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff Podcast||Fourth Sunday of Advent 2018 – Love and Humility Gospel LK 1:39-45 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,||12/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“The Third Sunday of Advent” – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff Podcast||Third Sunday of Advent 2018 – REPENT AND REJOICE Gospel LK 3:10-18 The crowds asked John the Baptist, “What should we do?” He said to them in reply, “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none.||12/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“The Second Sunday of Advent” – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff Podcast||Second Sunday of Advent 2018 Reading 2 PHIL 1:4-6, 8-11 Brothers and sisters: I pray always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this,||12/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“The First Week of Advent” – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff Podcast||First Sunday of Advent 2018 Reading 1 JER 33:14-16 The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah. In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot ; he shall do what is ri.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Thy will be done” – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff||Msgr. Esseff shares a recent encounter with a couple he met while traveling home after time with family. Tom and Mary shared their important encounters with God over the course of their 36 years of marriage.||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBKL#52 – The Poor/Holy Souls and Purgatory – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff||Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of the Sacred Scriptures and on how we pray for the Poor Souls in Purgatory: - Reading 1 Wis 3:1-9 - The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed,||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“FEAR NOT!” The Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary reflection and teaching by Msgr. Esseff – Discerning Hearts Podcast||Msgr. Esseff reflects on the scriptures and the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He speaks of the power of the name of Jesus, the message of Our Lady of Fatima, and the many aspects which are contained in the mysteries of the Rosary.||10/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBKL226 – St. Padre Pio and the Healing of the Church- Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff podcast||Msgr. Esseff reflects on the life and teachings of St. Padre Pio. He shares personal stories from his relationship with St. Pio. - Gospel LK 8:16-18 - Jesus said to the crowd: “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel||9/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBKL100 – “You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”– Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff||Gospel Mk 8:27-35 Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.||9/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBKL225 – The Presence of Jesus – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff podcast||Msgr. Esseff reflects on the Stations of the Cross and its ability to help us realize the presence of Jesus in our lives. Reading 1 Is 35:1-6a, 10 The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom.||9/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBKL#14 – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff –The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary||Msgr. Esseff reflects so beautifully about the Queenship of Mary...Queen of Heaven. He talks about the joys and peace of the heavenly encounter with our Blessed Mother and with the Holy Trinity. It is a very special reflection...not to be missed||8/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBKL98 – “The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary”– Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff||Msgr. Esseff reflects on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and what death really mean. - Reading 21 COR 15:20-27 - Brothers and sisters: Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBKL11 – What it means to “put on Christ” – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff podcast||Msgr. Esseff reflects on St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians Chapter 4 v. 20 -24: - 22 Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your minds,||8/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBKL224 – “We are one body in Christ”– Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff podcast||Msgr. Esseff reflects on stories several, along wth the Gospel, that demonstrates Christian unity through, with, and in Christ. Reading 2 EPH 4:1-6 Brothers and sisters: I, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you ha.||7/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Legacy of St. Charbel Makhluf and St Nimatullah Kassab with Msgr. John Esseff – Discerning Hearts||Msgr. Esseff shares with us the great leagacy of prayer and reform left to us by St Charbel Makhluf St Nimatullah Youssef Kassab Al-Hardini (1808-1858) powerful saints for our times.||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBKL97 – “How He Cares For His Flock”– Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff||Msgr. Esseff reflects on how Jesus cares for His flock today. Who fulfills the role of the “shepherd” today in the diocese, in the parish, in the homes? Gospel Mk 6:30-34 The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and||7/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Soothes the soul
Often I need help sleeping, and his voice & words of wisdom are the best medicine for me to listen to when I go to bed. I rarely fall asleep during his talks because he’s so interesting & knowledgeable, but if I need comforting voice & im tired. He’s my go to person. I love him.
A Modern Day Saint Podcasting!
Msgr. Esseff is an absolute JOY to listen to and the church is beyond blessed to have such an incredible shepherd of the flock taking care of not only his people in Scranton, but all over the world, as well as seminarians and priests. Having been on a retreat with him a few years ago for Lay Missionaries of Charity as a “Come and See (someone checking out the lay group)”, I knew nothing about him, and my ignorant young self could not understand why my fellow young friend (we were both under 30, the only ones) wanted to spend the weekend with a retreat leader, who if he was a spiritual director to Mother Teresa, must be...well, not around 30. But, WOW!! May God have mercy on me, as that was by far the most powerful experience I ever had, and I was gifted with one of the most amazing friends following that silent retreat, who still meets with him.
As someone who calls on Padre Pio, as his spiritual child, I adore Msgr. Esseff. I use many of the things he said on that retreat as powerful weapons to ward off evil, or to call on Mary’s help! And even Padre Pio. I don’t know how Discerning Hearts was able to pin the great Msgr. down for such interviews with his busy schedule, but how grateful, thankful and blessed we as listeners are that they did!! God Bless, Msgr. Esseff and his ministry. And I’ve no doubt the Blessed Mother, many saints, in particular Mother Teresa and Padre Pio watch over him and are so very proud of all that he has done and continues to do!
Msr. Esseff's homilies are among the best I've ever heard. He raises me up and develops my faith and confidence in God.
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