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Msgr. Esseff reflects on our need to reconnect with our source of life. Our Mother can teach us how to pray. Turn to the Blessed Virgin Mary to heard when we are afraid and anxious. She waiting to lead you to her Son. Let her help you discover your Abba. Allow her, as mother, to show you how to receive the Spirit. You are her child. She is the one who waits for you now.
Reading 2 GAL 4:4-7
Brothers and sisters:
When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son,
born of a woman, born under the law,
to ransom those under the law,
so that we might receive adoption as sons.
As proof that you are sons,
God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
crying out, “Abba, Father!”
So you are no longer a slave but a son,
and if a son then also an heir, through God.
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. Teresa of Calcutta. 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. Msgr. Esseff assisted the founders of the Institute for Priestly Formation and continues to serve as a spiritual director for the Institute. 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 “We need Mary’s tender love – a reflection from Msgr. John Esseff”
Thank you, Lord, for speaking through your faithful servant, MSgr Esseff. I felt as though this was being spoken directly to me and yet somehow I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought so. Truly grateful for him and for Discerning Hearts podcasts.