August 2, 2021
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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.

Following Him

A question sometimes used in personality surveys or psychological tests is, “If you had to be a certain type of animal, what kind would you choose?” I would think a common choice might be a horse—fast, sleek, and beautiful; still another choice...

When We Stand Before Jesus

There’s a Christian ministry called “The Jesus Film Project” in which missionaries go about in Third World countries with a portable movie screen and projector. They set up their equipment in empty fields near towns and villages and then invite all...

Miracles of the Heart

In 1858 Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette near the town of Lourdes in southern France, and in the years that followed, many miraculous cures occurred at the shrine created there.  Toward the end of the 19th century a famous French novelist named...

Navigating the Storms of Life

As Catholics, we believe in the seven Sacraments, which are traditionally defined as “outward signs instituted by Christ to give grace.”  These are effective, or work, in and of themselves because of the loving power of God and the spiritual...

Our Good Deeds

About ten years ago a nine-year-old girl named Rachel died as a result of a car accident.  It might seem her short life was tragically wasted—except that, during her few years here on earth, she managed to make a real difference.  When Rachel was...

Eucharistic Miracles

Much of Spain, a traditionally Catholic land, had been conquered by Muslims, known as the Moors, in the 7th and 8th centuries; for hundreds of years Catholic rulers tried to drive them out—a process only completed in the 15th century under King...

We Are Fully Surrounded by Love

About fifty years ago, in the unsettled and confusing times following the Second Vatican Council when it seemed everything was changing or up for grabs, some priests and deacons—wanting to be trendy—changed the words used when baptizing. Instead of...

The Holy Spirit’s Presence in Our Lives

Scripture tell us that when Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove—and so this image is often used for the Holy Spirit.  In medieval times, dozens or even hundreds of doves would be released inside cathedrals to remind...