Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time; “Life Is Beautiful” Mass

“Last Sunday, my mother celebrated her 100th birthday and my parents celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary. At this point in their lives, Mom and Dad live in a nursing facility but we were able to bring them to their parish church for Mass, and afterwards, we had a luncheon in their honor in the parish hall. Mom and Dad were happy to be surrounded by family and friends, even if they found it all just a little overwhelming. During lunch, a woman whom Mom had known for many years said to her, ‘Why, Mrs. Lori, you look wonderful. You don’t look a day over 80!’

Later that day, when my parents had returned to the nursing facility, Mom and Dad were tired but very happy. Still wound up from the event, Mom wanted to talk. She spoke about her parents and how much she still loves them. She thanked them for the gift of life and for raising her in the Catholic faith. She talked about being married to Dad for nearly three-quarters of a century, and the gift of the three sons she and Dad welcomed into the world, and how she and Dad tried to make our home happy, secure, full of faith and love. She spoke about the challenges she and Dad faced, and the love they continue to share. Mom gave thanks to the Lord and to the Blessed Mother for all these blessings.

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Remarks: Faith in Baltimore

“The warmest of welcomes to all as we gather on this [cold] January evening to join with you in friendship and celebration of the Catholic Church’s partnerships with so many in our beloved City of Baltimore.  In particular, we are honored to be joined by many elected officials and other City leaders, including Mayor Young, City Council President Brandon Scott, Chief Harrison, and so many others from our City Council and City delegation in the Maryland General Assembly.  Thanks so much to all of you for taking the time to be with us this evening.

“Today, of course, is the actual birthday of one of our country’s greatest heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  What a fitting day to come together to celebrate our shared commitment to unity and our legacy of service in the City of Baltimore.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Mass of the Holy Spirit

“As the current academic year gets underway and starts to accelerate, I’m glad to celebrate this Mass of the Holy Spirit with all of you who are part of this university community – thank you, Fr. Linnane, for inviting me! To the new students, I offer a warm welcome to the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the first Roman Catholic diocese in the United States, founded in 1789. Today the Archdiocese has over half a million members and is blessed with more than 140 parishes in Baltimore throughout nine counties of Maryland. Our Catholic schools educate nearly 25,000 young people and Catholic Charities is the largest provider of social services in the region, in urban neighborhoods, in rural areas, and among the immigrant community, while five Catholic hospitals provide generous charity care to those in need. The Archdiocese is also blessed by the presence of three Catholic universities. It partners with religious orders and with many faith-based organizations that are doing really good work, often heroic work, in our midst. All this we do because our faith impels us to do it. Whatever we do for those who are in need, we do for Christ.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time; Resurrection Parish, Laurel

“Years ago I had a conversation with a fellow passenger on an airliner. He noticed that I was wearing a roman collar and saw that I was saying a Rosary. He smiled and said, ‘Tell me, pastor, are you saved?’ Not exactly the usual small-talk that people exchange when they’re settling in for a long flight.

“At that moment, I thought of two things: First, what does it mean to be saved? The answer I learned as child came to mind immediately: ‘. . . to know, love, and serve God in this life and to be happy with him in the next.’ Second was the question asked of Jesus in today’s Gospel: ‘Lord, will only a few people be saved?’ – As a sinner in need of God’s mercy, I think about this question a lot.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis

“Archbishop Hebda, thank you for the honor of preaching at this Holy Mass here in the very beautiful Basilica of Saint Mary, indeed America’s first Basilica. It is also a pleasure to be gathered in prayer with Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson, with the Officers and Directors of the Knights of Columbus, and with the State Officers and Delegates from Minnesota and beyond. We look forward to the Supreme Convention that will take place this coming week and we thank you, Archbishop Hebda, for serving as our gracious host ordinary.

“Before we reflect on today’s Scripture readings, let us pause for a moment and remember in prayer those who died and were injured today in El Paso and let us also ask the Lord for an end to such violence in our midst.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Opening of the 150th Anniversary Year, St. Alphonsus Rodriguez

“I’m delighted to be with you this morning as we begin a year-long celebration of the 150th Anniversary of St. Alphonsus Rodriquez Parish. At the outset, let’s begin by recognizing a priest, a disciple of the Lord and a member of the Society of Jesus, who has written a long and glorious chapter in the history of this parish, Fr. Joe Lacey! Let’s also join in thanking your Parish Life Director, who works tirelessly in the service of this community of faith, worship, and service, Dee Papania. I’d also like to say word of profound thanks to all the members of this parish family, for your involvement in the mission of this parish and in the mission of the Archdiocese to bear witness to Jesus Christ, to spread the Gospel, to grow in holiness, to engage the unchurched, and to do the works of justice and charity. Together Father Joe and Dee, you are called to write a new and glorious chapter in this history of your parish – or to change metaphors, to build upon that which you have inherited.

“And what a solid foundation upon which to build. Throughout this year, you will be steeped in the history of your parish; but I cannot let this moment pass without mentioning its unique beginnings. As you know, St. Alphonsus Parish literally grew out Woodstock College, that fabled Jesuit house of formation which opened its doors in the year 1869. For some time prior, the Jesuits had been serving the spiritual needs of local Catholics but in 1869, the same year the College opened, this parish was founded on land donated by Woodstock, and the original church was constructed by the parishioners themselves. The first pastor, Father Salvatore Brandi, saw to it that this new parish would have a special patron saint, a Jesuit lay brother, the gentle doorkeeper of the Jesuit College at Majorca, Alphonsus Rodriquez. His example of humility and prayerfulness unlocks the Scripture readings for today, readings through which the Lord speaks to us about the centrality of prayer.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Holy Family Parish

“Dear friends: In today’s Gospel, a scholar of the Law of Moses tested Jesus by asking him a question that preoccupied many teachers of the Law—and it was this: ‘What must I do to inherit everlasting life?’ Jesus responded by asking the scholar how he would answer his own question. The scholar replied correctly by quoting Scripture passages that Jews recite daily as part of their morning and evening prayer: ‘You shall love the Lord your God, with all you heart, with all you soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.’ Love of God and neighbor is indeed the fulfillment of the Law (cf. Mt. 22:36-40; Gal. 5:14; Rom. 13:8-10).

“But really to understand the scholar’s response, we have to keep two things in mind:”

Read the complete homily HERE.