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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.

God’s Ways Are Different Than Ours

One of the most famous bridges in the United States, and in fact the entire world, is the Brooklyn Bridge, which connects the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan in New York City. It was the world’s first steel-wire suspension bridge, and was also...

Courageous Discipleship

Under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I—known to history as “Elizabeth the Great”—Catholics in England were in grave danger. Even though young Elizabeth had solemnly promised her dying older sister, Queen Mary I, that upon becoming queen, she would...

The Holy Spirit Dwells in My Soul

If you know anything about the history of college football, and especially if you’re a Michigan Wolverines fan, you’ve probably heard of Tom Harmon. Over seventy years ago, he was a star running back at the University of Michigan, winning honors as...

Life On Earth: A Serious Business

One of the greatest movies ever made was Cecile B. DeMille’s 1956 epic The Ten Commandments, with the actor Yul Brynner portraying the Egyptian Pharaoh, and the native Michigander Charlton Heston as Moses. Heston’s deep and melodious voice was...

Regarding Wooden Nickels

Sometimes these days we aren’t sure what to believe. For instance, we’ve been told many things about the corona-virus and the proper response to it. Some experts say the worst has passed; others say a spike in new cases can occur at any time if...

God Doesn’t Work That Way

One of the greatest political activists, novelists, and historians of the 20th century was the Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who died in 2008.  He chronicled the evil and repressive history of the former Soviet Union, and spent...

Trusting Jesus

Siena is a small town in Italy, and St. Catherine of Siena, who lived in the 14th century, had, even as a child, a profound love for Jesus and an intense yearning to be spiritually united with Him, a desire she expressed by constant acts of penance...

Opening Ourselves to God’s Grace

If you’ve been watching TV, reading the newspaper, or otherwise staying informed, you know that we’re in a fiercely-contested election year, and already a tidal wave of political criticisms, character assassinations, and fake news is swamping our...