Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time; St. Margaret Parish

“I’m delighted to return to St. Margaret Parish on Father’s Day to offer this Holy Mass for all of our fathers, both living and deceased. Pope Francis has great devotion to St. Joseph and sees him as a role-model for fathers. The Pope often speaks of how St. Joseph guided Jesus so that our Savior would grow ‘in wisdom, age, and grace’. So also, he urges fathers to stick by their children’s side, teaching, guiding, and loving them. My own Dad just turned 97 years old and it still means the world to me when he tells me that he loves me, prays for me, and thinks about me. So, to all our dads let us offer our thanks – and let us hold them up in prayer during this holy Mass.

“Today we also recognize the spiritual fatherhood of the priests who serve you so devotedly here at St. Margaret’s, Msgr. Schenning, Fr. Nicodemus, Fr. Rogue. We thank you for your devoted leadership and service to this parish family. And, in a special way, I want to thank you, Msgr. Schenning, as well as your co-workers and all of you who are part of this parish community for renovating and updating the daily Mass chapel. I am honored to bless it at the conclusion of this Mass.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Corpus Christi – St. Paul, Ellicott City

“Years ago, when I was newly ordained, I thought of myself a very busy person. After all, I had a parish to serve and a doctorate in theology to earn. I told myself that I had to manage my time well so as to fit everything in. Among the items on my calendar one day was a hospital visit to a parishioner. She was seriously ill and likely did not have long to live. Sad to say, I had ‘budgeted’ only a certain amount of time for that visit.

“After ministering to her, I asked if there were anything else I could do for her. She smiled at this newly minted priest and said, ‘Yes, Father, there is. I don’t have long to live and I’m all alone. Would you sit with me a while?'”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Diaconal Ordination

“Dear friends: I hope you didn’t misunderstand the first reading from the Book of Numbers! It opened with Moses’ complaining to the Lord about the people he had been asked to lead. Moses pronounced them a heavy burden, so heavy in fact, that he felt he’d be better off dead than to continue leading them. I surely hope you don’t think that’s how I regard the Archdiocese of Baltimore! Quite the opposite, actually, because ‘the Lord’s yoke is easy and his burden is light.’

“But I do have this common with Moses: like him, I need many good co-workers in this portion of the Lord’s vineyard, good servants and friends of Jesus to minister to God’s People in our parishes and schools, and in ministries that serve the poor and vulnerable. Today, the Lord in his goodness is providing such co-workers to me and to the whole Archdiocese of Baltimore – six men whose names have been called, six who have consented, six who have been found worthy to serve the Church as deacons. These men are your sons and in one case a husband and father; they are your brothers, relatives, classmates, and friends. Five will continue their formation for the Holy Priesthood and one will serve as a permanent deacon.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Pentecost Sunday 2018; Archdiocesan Confirmation

“It’s the great feast of Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit came down upon the Apostles and the Virgin Mary and imparted to them his seven gifts of wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence, as well as wonder and awe. After the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Apostles truly understood who Jesus is; they were able to experience his love as never before; and they were emboldened to go out and bear witness to Him. On the very day of Pentecost, the Apostles brought some 5,000 people into the Church. This is how the Church’s mission of preaching the Gospel and winning souls for Christ began and it continues to this very day, some 2,000 years later.

“Dear candidates, this is the perfect day for you to be confirmed. You are to receive the fullness of the same Holy Spirit and the very same gifts of the Holy Spirit that changed everything in the lives of the Apostles. I hope you will not see this merely as a step you have to take in order to get married or to finish off your religious formation, a sort of graduation from the faith. Quite the opposite! For you as for the apostles it should be a new beginning in your life of faith. And I’m here to offer you a four part plan, right out of today’s Scripture readings, for making a new beginning in your life of faith. You should be happy this plan has four parts. When I get to number three, you’ll know there’s only one more to go! So here goes!”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Aquinas College Baccalaureate Mass

“Mother Ann Marie, Sister Mary Agnes, Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, members of the Board and faculty, parents and family members, distinguished guests, and most of all the graduating class of 2018:  Warmest Congratulations.

“Dear graduates, all of us gathered here today are proud of you as you receive your well-deserved academic degrees. These degrees reflect your talent and hard work, as well as your aspirations for the future. May the Lord bless you as you go forth from Aquinas College into the wild and sometimes wonderful world that lies beyond.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 5th Sunday of Easter, St. Ignatius Parish, Ijamsville

“It is a pleasure to return to St. Ignatius Parish to celebrate a weekend Mass. It affords me an opportunity simply to look in, to be with all of you, and an opportunity to offer you a word of thanks and encouragement as you seek to live your faith at home and at work amid the pressures of daily life. I also want to thank you for your participation in the life of your parish, for all the ways you support its mission and ministries. And with you, I want to thank Fr. Michael Jendrek for his leadership as your Pastor! Thank you, Fr. Michael, for your wise and loving priestly ministry! As you head into a new chapter in the history of your parish, a community that is projected to grow rapidly in the years ahead, I also offer you my support and encouragement. The project of building a new church will require, not only your generosity, but also an ever-deeper dedication to the mission of this parish. As you undertake this project, you have a great friend in your patron, St. Ignatius. May his insight into the spiritual life and his missionary spirit guide you, now and in the years that lie ahead.

“As it happens, this evening’s Scripture readings are all about the Church’s mission, beginning with the famous gospel image of ‘the vine and the branches.’ Let me tell you a little story about ‘the vine and the branches.’ Long ago, when I was a seminarian at Mt. St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Mother Teresa, then in the prime of her ministry, came to give us a talk. We thought of her as quite a celebrity, and we were really looked forward to hearing her speak of her heroic service to the poorest of the poor in far-flung places around the globe. We were also hoping she’d share with us how she managed to convert a number of high-profile people who previously had no regard for religious faith.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 3rd Sunday of Easter, Saints Philip and James

“Some years ago, a recently ordained priest came to see me. The visit took place a few weeks after Easter Sunday. This priest had been on the job almost three years. He was and remains a good and enthusiastic priest but at this juncture in his ministry he was discouraged. ‘Bishop,’ he said to me, ‘on Easter Sunday the church was so crowded that people were standing around the walls. And I knew I had a chance to win back a lot of people who used to be regular parishioners but now don’t go to church anymore.’ He went on to say that he had fasted and prayed for this during Lent and that he really poured his heart into homily.

“Leading with my chin, I asked, ‘And what happened?'”

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