Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Knights of Columbus Board Meeting

“A deeply Catholic organization with patriotism as one of its principles would have a special interest in today’s Gospel passage, where Jesus says,  ‘…repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God.’ So, is it possible to love and serve both God and country? What can we possibly give to our government that does not already belong to God? Let’s try to answer to this question by taking a second look at this Gospel reading.

“Well, it’s never a surprise, is it, to find the Pharisees trying to trap Jesus? Sometimes, I think, the Pharisees are like the cartoon character, Wile E. Coyote… but I will not complete that thought in reference to our Savior! The point is that they never could catch him because the Pharisees took the low road and Jesus took the high road. The Pharisees used their ingenuity and energy to trap Jesus so that, in the name of religion, they might retain their power. Jesus, on the other hand, came to do the will of the Father. His were the words of the Father who sent him. His will conformed to the saving will of the Father. Thus Jesus lived on a plane entirely different from those who used religion for their own purposes.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Group Confirmations

“First, let me say how happy I am to see all of you today and to share with you the wonderful sacrament of Confirmation. You come from various parishes in the Archdiocese of Baltimore but this impressive Cathedral of Mary Our Queen is also your parish – After all, the Cathedral is the principal church in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and that means it is our common spiritual home. So I hope you will visit the Cathedral often and worship here frequently.

“I know that some of you are older or younger than others and that you are at various stages in the journey of coming to know the Lord and in learning how to follow him in the life of the Church. Some of you are the regular age for confirmation –either in the upper grades of elementary school or in high school. Others of you are a bit further along in life – but none of you is as old as I am! And whatever your precise situation, we all have this in common: we all need the Holy Spirit in our lives if we’d be real followers of Jesus and active members of the Church he established for us and for our salvation.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: White Mass

“Ten days from now, the Church will celebrate the Feast of St. Luke – St. Luke the great evangelist and also the patron of physicians – for, as Tradition attests, St. Luke was himself a physician, first of the body and then of the spirit. So, this morning we ask St. Luke to intercede for all medical professionals, those who have joined us this morning at our annual White Mass, and those who serve throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore. May they be guided by the hand of God and sustained by the grace of Christ as they seek to engage in the art of healing body, mind, and spirit.

“And all of us should pray for those who serve in the medical professions. We greatly value the service they render to us and to our families in helping us overcome illness and maintain our health. And even those of us who are not in the medical field are aware that these days medicine is an especially demanding calling. It is in fact demanding, not only in the knowledge and skills needed in the rapidly changing fields of medical technology, but also because our country is unsettled and divided over the best way to deliver medical care to the many of our fellow citizens. Add to that the many challenges in the vast field of medical ethics and the challenges medical professionals face when they allow their religious faith to influence their practice. So it is important that these good professional men and women of faith pray with us and equally important that we pray with them and for them, asking the prayerful intercession of St. Luke on their behalf and ours.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Rosary Congress Opening Mass

“Dear friends, this evening we begin what is called a Rosary Congress, a week-long event celebrated in parish churches in various parts of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. It is a time of prayer and reflection, meant to rekindle our devotion to the Blessed Mother through the daily recitation of the Rosary, a beautiful, time-tested prayer in which we ‘see Christ through the eyes of Mary.’ (JP II).

“This Rosary Congress was proposed as a way of observing the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s miraculous appearances to three young children—Francisco, Jacinta, and Lucia—at Fatima, in Portugal. When, through these children, Mary delivered messages of repentance, hope, and peace, the world of 1917 was in the grip of global war and there were ominous signs that the 20th Century would turn out to be the most violent in human history. During the week ahead, the Rosary Congress will be a vehicle enabling us in theseperilous times to focus on the message of Fatima – in which the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, calls us, in our day, to do penance for our own sins and the sins of others, to deepen our life of daily prayer – prayer for ourselves, the Church, and for the peace of the world torn asunder by senseless violence.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Our Lady of the Rosary; Maryland Women’s Conference

“I am delighted, once again, to offer Mass for the Maryland Women’s Conference. For this year retreat, you’ve chosen the theme: ‘Fire Within’. It is weekend when you gather in prayer, reflection, and fellowship so as to open your hearts more widely to the fire of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit who ignites in our hearts an ardent love of Jesus. That love is fanned into flame by prayer, by a life of discipleship, and by sharing the Gospel with our family, our loved ones, our friends & colleagues.

“In the Gospel reading from St. Luke, we meet the Lord’s earliest disciples. After spending time with Jesus and after being formed by him, a fire was lit in their hearts and they went out to proclaim the Gospel. Their first missionary venture was a resounding success. They returned to the Lord and told him with great excitement, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.'”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary Annual Alumni Reunion

“Thinking of this event many months ago, I thought that perhaps the big news we’d all be rejoicing over is the fact that Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary is the only seminary in the United States to have an accredited ESL program. This is big news and welcome news and it came about due to the hard work of many. Then, as I watched Msgr. Baker working hard to increase enrollment and succeeding, I thought perhaps the big news of the Alumni Reunion might be the fact that we now have 146 seminarians enrolled, a tremendous increase from last year, with much hope for the future. And that’s wonderful news for us all to celebrate this evening. So too, as I anticipated this event, I thought we might be celebrating the fact that our seminary soccer team again captured the Vianney Cup – and so we did! Let’s offer our team heartiest congratulations.

“However, one might say that even these three very positive developments have been overshadowed by the beatification of one of our own, Fr. Stanley Francis Rother, Seminary Class of 1963, a priest of Oklahoma City, the first diocesan priest in the United States to be beatified and indeed the first priest in the United States to be declared a martyr. Msgr. Baker and I, along with 16 seminarians, traveled to Oklahoma for the beatification ceremony. The seminarians formed a wonderful schola who sang at the beatification Mass, a Eucharistic celebration that overflowed with grace and joy. How we should rejoice that the seeds of priestly virtue planted in our seminary germinated and yielded a great harvest of holiness, even as we now redouble our prayers for Bl. Stanley Francis Rother’s canonization. ‘Santo subito,’ as they say in the old country!”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services

“I must confess that I travel by sea rarely, if ever. But when I do travel, whether on a domestic or an international flight, my mother – now in her late 90’s – is pretty worried. Mom is, of course, always interested in the reasons for my trips but she is even more interested in knowing when I’m leaving and returning, what airline I’m flying, and when I’ve landed safely. And while I am in transit, you can be sure Mom is storming heaven with prayer. Once safely on the ground, I give her a call and she is relieved. But Mom also asks, ‘So where else are you planning on going?’

“In her concern for my safety as a traveler, my Mom is not too different from St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton – who, until the end of her life, remained concerned about the whereabouts and safety of her two seafaring sons, William and Richard, both of whom served in the United States Navy. Sometimes Elizabeth gently chided them for not writing her often enough or for not keeping her fully apprised of their travels. In fact, Elizabeth had good reason to be concerned as also good reason to be proud! Her son, William, spent 34 years as a commissioned officer of the Navy. His service brought him to Cape Horne, the Mediterranean Sea, costal Africa, and the West Indies. Her son Richard was a captain’s clerk on the first USS Cyane,  that, among other places, brought him to the coast of Liberia where he was involved in fighting off pirates and preventing slave trade. While on duty, he contracted a severe fever and died.”

Read the complete homily HERE.