Letter from Monsignor John Esseff
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
I am most grateful to our Father in Heaven for His steadfast love and support of each of you, His most beloved children. Our entire journey on this earth as adopted sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father – sons and daughters in the Son – is to come to a marvelous understanding of our identity in Him, to know ourselves as completely dependent upon Him, and to faithfully turn to Him both as source of our joy and fulfillment of our deepest desires.
We who live in joy also live in hope. We anticipate the final defeat of the evil one, sure of our victory gained through the Precious Blood of Jesus. The Pope Leo XIII Institute is witness to this outpouring of joy as fruit of His divine indwelling. Supported by bishops, priests, exorcists, theologians, and laity alike, our blessed journey is one of spiritual growth, dynamic learning, and grace-filled healing.
St. John Paul II, in a General Audience on August 13, 1986, warned: “[In saying,] ‘You will become like God’ or ‘like gods’ (cf. Gn 3:5) . . . the evil spirit tries to transplant into man the attitude of rivalry, insubordination, and opposition to God, which has, as it were, become the motivation of all his existence.”
Contrast this attitude of rivalry, insubordination, and opposition to God with the attitude of a child who delights in our Lord.
“If any one loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our abode with him” (Jn 14:28).
Friends, these words of love guarantee the gift of Trinity within us. The Trinity is our source of life and love. During these past years of contemplative prayer, collaborative work, expert research, educational experiences, and guidance from the Holy Spirit, we launched The Pope Leo XIII Institute, an endeavor to create steadfast leadership and support for exorcists and other healing ministers working on the front lines of spiritual warfare within our church and the secular world.
Through spiritual discernment, the dissemination of educational materials, our annual conferences, and other technical assistance, our mission has remained the same: to bring the healing light of Christ to dispel evil, whether in people or in shattered places in our world.
Our work represents the collective efforts of many contributors who generously and lovingly give of their time, talent, and treasure. My gratitude and God’s blessing extends to so many supporters, contributors, and benefactors who continue to answer the call to lead, especially at critical junctures in the growth and development of our Institute. May we continue to diligently build the kingdom of our Father God.
In the hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Monsignor John Esseff
Pope Leo XIII Institute Board President