BKL257 – The gift of Counsel – Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff Podcast

Msgr-Esseff-2Msgr. Esseff reflects on the gift of counsel and its role in relation to prudence and discernment.

According to St. Thomas Aquinas:

  • Counsel allows a man to be directed by God in matters necessary for his salvation (II/II.52.1).

Msgr. John A. Esseff is a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Scranton.  He was ordained on May 30, 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 St. 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 St. Pope John Paul II to bring the Good News to the world especially to the poor.  He continues to serve as a retreat leader and director to bishops, priests and sisters and seminarians and other religious leaders around the world.   

1 thought on “BKL257 – The gift of Counsel – Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff Podcast”

  1. Thank you Monsignor , I believe the problem we have that blocks His Spirit from from flowing freely through us is we don’t really believe He lives fully in us . We need to personally communicate with Him daily acknowledging His very real presence . God loves us so .


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