Archbishop Lori’s Homily – Solemnity of the Epiphany

“It is a pleasure to return to St. Veronica Parish to celebrate the beautiful feast of the Epiphany. I take this moment to greet and thank Fr. Stephen and Deacon Harris for their devoted service to your parish and to your pastoral needs. Let me also thank all of you, the parish community of St. Veronica, for being ‘a light brightly visible’ in the Cherry Hill, Brooklyn, and West Port communities. Thank you for living your faith and for your spirit of charity and outreach.

“It might even be said that today’s feast of the Epiphany is all about our being ‘a light brightly visible’ to the surrounding community, as with the wise men of old, we see by faith the star that hovered over the stable where the Christ, the Savior of the World, was born. Let us spend a few moments,  I.) thinking about this light, II.) about the response of the wise men who followed the star, III.) and about our response to the One who is ‘the light of the world.'”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily – Vocations Discernment Retreat

“Let me begin with a warm word of thanks to the All Saints Sisters who welcome us so warmly to their convent, who pray continually for us and for vocations to the priesthood, (and who also make sure that we’re well fed while we’re here!) We thank you, Sisters, even as we offer our prayers for you and your community.

“I always look forward to this discernment retreat…my greetings to our retreatants. I have met most of you many times before – at Quo Vadis retreats, or at ‘Come and See’ events, or simply in visits to parishes. I look forward to meeting with all of you later today and with you I pray that the Holy Spirit will open your heart to Jesus and his will for your life.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Gaudete Sunday 2017

“Dear brothers and sisters, as you have already heard, today is Gaudete Sunday, and, as you know, the Latin word ‘Gaudete’ means ‘Rejoice!’ Indeed, this Sunday’s liturgy is all about rejoicing for as St. Paul says in his Letter to the Philippians, ‘Rejoice in the Lord always, again, I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near’ (4:4-5). And in today’s reading from his 2nd Letter to the Thessalonians, St. Paul again says, ‘Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks’ (5:17).

“One of the reasons for my joy this morning is the opportunity to visit Holy Korean Martyrs Parish, to thank you for your steadfast faith, to thank you for your love of your parish, your strong family values, and your determination to pass your faith on to the next generations, as well as for your generosity to the wider Church in Baltimore and beyond. For all of this and much more, I rejoice and give thanks!  With all of you, I also rejoice in the opportunity to join you in offering our thanks to your Pastor, Fr. Joseph Kim, for his dedicated priestly service and for his wise and loving leadership of your parish. Thank you, Fr. Kim! I also look forward to my continued discussions with your parish leadership as you make plans for the future of this parish and the fulfillment of its mission. It is my intention to meet with your leadership early in the New Year to discuss the best way of moving ahead as we look towards the future.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Solemnity of Christ the King

“On this feast of Christ the King, let me begin with a very “un-king-like” figure. His name was Solanus Casey and, like Fr. Paul, he was a Franciscan priest, a Capuchin Friar.

“I’m told that all Franciscan Friars are good and humble men but when it came to being good and humble Fr. Solanus was the best. But his path to the priesthood and to religious life wasn’t easy. Born in Wisconsin in 1870, he was given the baptismal name of Bernard Francis but mostly he was called ‘Barney’. He grew up on the farms where he his father worked but moving from place to place it became clear that young Barney was not a star student. So he dropped out of school and went to work. He was a lumberjack, a hospital orderly, and street car conductor and prison guard. In prison he witnessed a brutal murder and that experience changed his life. Deep down he had always desired to be a priest but for him the only path to the priesthood was to find a religious order that would accept him. In God’s Providence he found his way to Detroit where he entered the Capuchins and was given the religious name of ‘Solanus’. To be sure, he struggled with his studies and barely made it to ordination and even then was not allowed to preach, at least at first, nor was he given any major responsibility in the Capuchin Order. After a few assignments, he was sent to St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit and for many years he was the porter, the doorman, at the monastery.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Senior Leadership Retreat Day

“This morning we celebrate a beautiful feast day of the Blessed Virgin Mary namely, the Feast of Mary’s Presentation in the Temple. It is an event which illumines our Christian imagination: that wonderful and grace-filled moment when Saints Joachim and Anne presented their daughter, Mary, in the Temple. Let us remind ourselves why Mary’s Presentation is exceptional and what this event in salvation history has to do with us and our ministry.

“Joachim and Anne, Mary’s parents, were part of a remnant of God’s People who looked forward with eager anticipation to the coming of the Messiah. Their hope and trust in God’s promises of deliverance were undimmed by the catastrophes that befell the people of Israel – whether it was exile, or the desecration of the Temple, or suppression and conquest by foreign powers. Through it all, the faith of this holy remnant—far from fading— grew ever more vibrant and ever more expectant.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Mass for Deceased Priests

“November is a month when we lovingly remember our beloved dead and commend them to the Lord in the Masses we celebrate and in the prayers we offer in the silence of our hearts. So it is fitting that we gather tonight to commend to the Lord of life and love our brother priests who have gone before us in faith. Ours is a solidarity of faith and prayer that spans time and eternity and thus, what we do here tonight, is of benefit to our brother priests even as we trust that they are praying for us in eternity.

“For that reason, our Scripture readings this evening have Eucharistic overtones for the Eucharist, the heart of our vocation, is the meeting place of earth and heaven, of time and eternity. It is a sacred time and space in which we accompany with our prayers both the living and the dead. In this Mass, we are praying for brother priests who, like ourselves, accounted the celebration of the Eucharist as the source and summit of their lives of faith and their ministries. Let us see what these readings say to us, beginning with the Gospel.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Knights of Columbus Mid-Year Meeting, Chaplain’s Remarks

“First of all, it is always a pleasure to be with, my brother Knights, to gather in the midst of the fraternal year to encourage one another in fulfilling the aims and goals of the Order. Please accept my thanks for your service to the Knights of Columbus and know of my daily prayers for you and for your intentions.

“On occasions such as the Mid-Year meeting, we always take time to reflect on the principles at the heart of our Order, most especially our foundational principle, which is charity. But today I would like to spend a little time reflecting on our third principle, viz., fraternity, for we are indeed a fraternal order. The question is, what does it mean to belong to this fraternal order, the Knights of Columbus – and what distinguishes membership in the Knights from membership in other fraternal orders, worthy though they be?”

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