The Global Pandemic: Christ Conquers Sin and Death – Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff Podcast

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Msgr. Esseff addresses the global pandemic of the coronavirus and COVID-19.  He reflects that there is something greater than death…sin.  Now is the time to examine ourselves and recognize areas in our lives where sin has a grip on us.  It is time to give it all to Christ and to be free.

Reading 2 ROM 8:8-11

Brothers and sisters:
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh;
on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you,
although the body is dead because of sin,
the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
the one who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also,
through his Spirit dwelling in you.



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.  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.  

2 thoughts on “The Global Pandemic: Christ Conquers Sin and Death – Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff Podcast”

  1. Dear Mogr. Esseff,
    I was listening to your podcast this Sunday. I remembered a happy time long ago at Saint Matthew’ parish. You and Father Barrett would come to the home of Wilson and Christine MacIntire. You would play with us 9 children, stay for dinner and have some of mom’s chocolate cake. You gave them a very large picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which I still have on my mantel. Thank you for it and all that you do! God bless you. Stuart MacIntire


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