Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Annual White Mass

“One morning I was making my usual holy hour in the little chapel located in my residence, right next door. During that rather fitful prayer session, my mind wandered. I found myself looking around at the beautiful things in the chapel, including a lovely statute of the Blessed Mother that Cardinal Hickey gave me when I became a bishop many years ago. I found myself thinking, ‘This chapel is the best thing I have!’

“Next thing I know, I’m praying a Psalm about a man who loses everything. The psalmist grows embittered over his bad fortune as contrasted with the good fortune of evildoers. But suddenly coming to his senses, he asks: ‘Whom else have I in the heavens but you, O Lord? None besides you delights me on earth’ (Ps. 73:25). Reading those words, I was shaken out of my torpor and was wide awake spiritually. I realized that my greatest possession is not my chapel or my books or my position. In the end, they will count for little or nothing. Only the Lord is my life and my salvation (Ps. 27:1).”

Read the complete homily HERE.


Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Charleston, WV

“During the past few days I have been making my way around West Virginia, holding meetings in Wheeling, visiting Catholic educators in Morgantown, holding further meetings here in Charleston, and now offering Holy Mass here in the Basilica Co-Cathedral dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Although I am officially designated by the Pope as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, I shall strive simply to be your ‘interim pastor’ as you await the appointment of a new bishop. And even if the circumstances that brought me here are indeed difficult, it is a pleasure to serve you and the Catholic community in the State of West Virginia, and let me thank you for the warm welcome I have received everywhere I have gone.

“Among the things you should expect of me as your ‘interim pastor’ is that I would take to heart your ‘hopes and joys’ as well as your ‘grief and anguish’. Indeed, there is never time when we who follow Christ should be without hope. There is never a time when who center our lives on the Eucharist lack hope, hope that we will grow in holiness, hope that our lives will serve God’s purposes, hope that we will someday see God face to face in heaven with all the saints. Nor can a Christ-centered life ever truly be lacking in joy. For even in difficult times, the Holy Spirit who unites us to Christ and to one another, offers us the gift of joy, a joy that is convinces us that God’s love will never deserts us; a joy that repeats what St. Paul taught, ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?'”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Mass in Honor of San Lorenzo Ruiz and San Pedro Calungsod

After three nights of prayer and reflection, we have gathered here at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for this Holy Mass honoring two beloved Filipino saints, San Lorenzo Ruiz and San Pedro Calungsod. It is a joy to see all of you gathered in this great Cathedral, your spiritual home, and to share with you this day of joy, a joy we share most intensely at the Eucharistic table, but also a joy that extends to the fiesta that follows on the plaza and indeed a joy that should extend into our daily lives.

We celebrate the lives of two Holy Martyrs – San Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino saint and San Pedro Calungsod both of whom were courageous witnesses for Christ. Let us view these two great saints through the lens of today’s Scripture readings, noting along the way what these saints have to say to us living and working and ministering in these very challenging days… beginning with the reading from the Letter of James.

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Faith Fest, Harford County

“I know that Faith-Fest has been in the planning for quite some time and I was happy to serve on one of the committees – the “weather committee”! And while we are very happy that the weather has cooperated with this wonderful day-long gathering, I know we all remember those to the south of us who experienced the full destructive force of Hurricane Florence. Let us remember them in our prayers this evening, especially those who died or were injured or lost homes and other property.

“Francik told me that you’ve all had so much fun today and that you’d probably be very tired by the time I began my homily. His advice was that I should limit my remarks to about forty-five minutes. But just in case the fireworks would start before I finish speaking, I’ll try to be brief.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: The Birth of Mary; Anniversary of the Lourdes Grotto

“As Archbishop of Baltimore and as an alumnus of Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary, it is a particular joy and honor to celebrate this Holy Mass marking the 60th anniversary of Mt. St. Mary’s National Shrine Grotto. In a special way I want to recognize the leadership and support of President Trainor, the tireless efforts of Lori Stewart and her team to foster this place of renewal and refreshment, the devoted service of our chaplains, Fr. Daniel, Fr. Ted, and Fr. Alberto, and, of course, the continued support offered by the Seminary, represented today by Msgr. Baker and other members of the seminary community. Allow us all to thank you most warmly for all the ways you lead and support this ministry!”

Read the complete homily HERE.

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.

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?'”

Read the complete homily HERE.