Fr Joseph Esper

REVEREND JOSEPH M. ESPER is a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit and pastor of Immaculate Conception parish in Anchorville, Michigan. He received his Master of Divinity degree from St. John's Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. Through the years, Father Joe has lectured at Marian conferences, appeared on EWTN, spoken on Catholic radio, and written more than a dozen articles for This Rock, The Priest, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and other publications. He is also the author of numerous books, including Saintly Solutions, More Saintly Solutions, After the Darkness, Lessons from the Lives of the Saints, and Why Is God Punishing Me? In addition to Amazon, many of his most recent books are available through Queenship Publishing.

Christmas: Proof That the Lord Never Forgets

Once there was an absent-minded college professor who was so absorbed in his field of teaching and research that he had trouble remembering even the simplest events and details of daily life. As he was leaving for work one morning, his wife said...

For Christians, Christ is Our King

The world’s largest democracy is India, a large and important nation in Asia with over one billion inhabitants and a turbulent history. In the 18th century, the British and French fought over India; Great Britain gained the upper hand, and added...

The Father’s Will

The greatest leader in Israel’s history was King David, who lived over 1000 years before Christ.  As a youth, he had killed the giant Goliath, and as a man, he was constantly fighting and defeating Israel’s enemies, which led to the twelve...

What About Us?

One of the most vicious and hateful organizations in American history was, and is, the Ku Klux Klan, or KKK; it was founded down South after the Civil War, and it targeted, terrorized, and persecuted blacks and other minorities, Jews, and Catholics...

The Prayer of the Lowly Pierces the Clouds

Once there was an older, very stern, upright, humorless woman—we’ll call her Mrs. Pendergast—who wasn’t feeling well.  She went to see a doctor, who began by asking her some routine questions.  “Do you drink at all...

Combating Wickedness and Injustice

I’ve always liked the TV game show Jeopardy, and if I don’t have an evening meeting or appointment, I’ll try to tune in for the Final Jeopardy question during the show’s last five minutes to see if I can answer it; I’ll know the correct answer...

The Path of Life or Death

Some years ago a fisherman—someone we’ll call Pete—was in a rowboat out on a bay that connected to the ocean. It was a quiet night, except for a loud-mouthed man on a yacht anchored in the bay; because of his incoherent singing and shouting, it was...

To Be Pro-Life in Every Aspect of Our Lives

In 1989 a Christian relief organization named World Vision began an assistance project in the African nation of Ethiopia, building an irrigation system for the impoverished residents of a remote, arid valley. The relief workers had to contend not...