Author - 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.

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Reaping What We Sow

Someone was once asked about the difference between heaven and hell, and—tongue in cheek—he replied, “Heaven is where the cooks are French, the police are...

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Humility Lets Us See the Truth

About 130 years ago in France, two men were sharing a train compartment: a young man who was smartly dressed, and an older man in simple clothing. The older...

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Heaven: Our Automatic Destination?

One of the many U.S. Army units assigned to occupation duties in Iraq back in 2003 was the 24th Transportation Company out of Fort Riley, Kansas. Its duty was...

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He’ll Ask Us If We Loved Him

The great Catholic monk and spiritual author Thomas Merton once wrote that “the principal problem in the spiritual life is the Promethean temptation.” He was...

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The Good News or a Working Assumption?

A middle-aged Protestant named Keith was visiting his dying father in a Catholic hospital, sitting quietly in a corner of the room, overcome with helplessness...

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Fuzzy Thinking and Misguided Beliefs

Few subjects are capable of generating as much mistaken analysis, misguided beliefs, and fuzzy thinking as religion—and exactly six years ago we had a prime...

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The Importance of Each Day

An early Christian legend states that after receiving the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, the apostles eventually went off to different countries in which to preach...

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With Faith, The Times Would Change

A priest once gave a homily on the need for faith. After Mass a man came up and said, “Father, those were nice-sounding words, but I don’t buy them. I won’t...