Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Installation of Fr. Ray Chase

“Thank you most warmly for your support for Father Ray. As you know, he’s been serving as Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish since April and I know he has made great inroads into your hearts and into the life of this parish. And thank you, Fr. Ray, for your readiness to serve the Church and for bringing to this pastoral assignment the heart of a pastor coupled with love and respect for the poor, the vulnerable, and those who suffer from indifference, neglect, prejudice and bigotry –especially in your longstanding work with Catholic Charities of Baltimore.

“It is not my intention to belabor the job description of a pastor. While the Church offers plenty of guidance on the topic, it is just as difficult to define what it means to be a good pastor as is it is to define what makes for a happy and fruitful marriage. The key ingredients for both, of course, are a warm and open faith together with self-giving love –modeled on and sharing in the Lord’s own self-giving love.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit; Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary

“It is a pleasure to offer this Mass of the Holy Spirit, asking the guidance, wisdom, love and strength of the Spirit as we begin a new year of priestly formation here at Mt. St. Mary’s.

“For those of you who are newly arrived at the Seminary and from outside the Archdiocese of Baltimore, I bid you a warm welcome to the nation’s first diocese, the Premier See, founded in 1789 with Archbishop John Carroll as its first bishop. If you are a seminarian from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, then there is no need for me to welcome you . . . you are already most welcome . . . but I think you know that!”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Feast of the Transfiguration; 60th Anniversary of Msgr. John Auer

“Some sixty years ago, a newly ordained priest, Fr. John Auer, arrived at his first assignment, St. Jane Frances in Pasadena. Evidently there was no fanfare, no banners, no welcoming committee, no formal introduction to the parishioners . . . No, he just showed up and found the pastor, Fr. Raymond Kelly, in the backyard, sitting with his little white dog. After a brief greeting, the pastor said to him, ‘Go into the Church and hear confessions,’ …something Msgr. Auer has been doing every week for nearly six decades.

“Thus did Msgr. Auer begin his long and extraordinarily fruitful priesthood: hearing confessions on a Saturday afternoon in a suburban parish. This humble beginning might seem pretty far removed from the mystery of the Transfiguration just proclaimed in the Gospel – but in fact, I would say and I think you would say that Msgr. Auer has spent his whole life proclaiming the glory of Jesus, helping us to listen to him, and helping us to shine inwardly with the goodness and glory of God revealed on Jesus’ transfigured face. It’s not my intent this morning to canonize Msgr. Auer but I would like to illustrate how, in his priestly ministry, he has brought us close to Jesus and shared the life of Jesus with us.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention; Memorial Mass

DSC00229“As our Supreme Convention enters upon its last day, as is our custom, we have gathered at the banquet of Christ’s Sacrifice, the Eucharist, to remember those who have gone before us in faith.

“With joy and thanksgiving, we remember the life and example of the saints and indeed all the holy ones who were members of the Order or friends of the Order. With love and devotion, we remember Pope St. John Paul II who was especially close to the Knights of Columbus throughout his Pontificate. At the end of Mass, Cardinal Dziwisz will bless us with a vessel containing the blood of his friend and mentor, Pope St. John Paul II, a most precious relic that links us not only to the historic example of the saintly pontiff, but also to his ongoing intercession for us in these present days.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Address to the 135th Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention

_MB34489“I hope you’ll agree – it’s been a wonderful Convention. And it has been a special pleasure for us to be here in St. Louis, a city with such deep Catholic roots, a local church with a strong missionary spirit, an Archdiocese that is the Church’s ‘gateway to the West’.

“During the days of our Convention, we have focused on the theme ‘Convinced of God’s Love and Power.’ This means we believe that the God of glory and majesty – the God of infinite power and might – really does know us, really does care about us, and through his Son Jesus really does accompany us throughout our lives. And more than that, we believe that God’s love is powerful – powerful to change our lives, powerful in overcoming our sins, powerful in changing our plans and priorities such that we no longer live for ourselves but for Christ and for others. And we have seen this theme – so fundamental to the Gospel – celebrated, preached upon, and exemplified in countless ways in the days of this, our 135th Supreme Convention.”

Read the complete address HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 17th Sunday A

“Those of you who are moving along in years might remember an old movie entitled ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World.’ Filmed in 1963, this mad-cap comedy starred Spencer Tracy & featured an all-star cast that included the likes of Edie Adams, Ethel Merman, Sid Caesar, and Milton Berle. The plot hinges on rumors of buried treasure, some $350,000, in the Santa Rosita State Park, near the Mexican Border. This treasure was to be found under a big ‘W’… which turned out to be three tall, interlocking palm trees swaying in the wind.

News of this buried treasure totally upended the lives of a police chief, a dentist, a salesman, a truck driver, and a lot of other people as well. Indeed, the prospect of getting all or most of this money unearthed the worst instincts in most all these characters and prompted them to do the most outlandish and dangerous things to get it. If you recall, this tale of greed didn’t really end well for anyone most especially the police chief who, until then, had been seen as a pillar of the community.

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

“A sure sign of spring in Mom and Dad’s household was the arrival of the Burpee Seed catalogue. My Dad, an avid gardener, was a loyal customer. ‘The best seeds money can buy,’ he used to say. But it wasn’t just the seeds that made Dad’s garden a success. He also worked at it. Before the spring planting, he was out in the garden. If the ground had hardened due to lack of moisture, he watered and tilled it. If there were weeds, he removed them. If there were stones, he uprooted them and put them elsewhere. If he thought the soil needed to be enriched, he was on it. A lot of preparation took place before the seed ever went into the ground.

“Dad monitored the progress of his garden daily. He did his best to ward off hungry birds, squirrels, and deer – (as well as inquisitive children such as me and my friends). Throughout the entire growing season he continued to tend the soil – to enrich and water it – to make sure that the conditions for growth were good.”

Read the complete homily HERE.