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.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Advertisements

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.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

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.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 225th Anniversary Closing Mass; St. Ignatius, Hickory

“It is always a joy to celebrate Holy Mass at St. Ignatius but never more than today when we bring to a fitting conclusion a year-long celebration of the 225th anniversary of this wonderful parish. During this past year, perhaps more than ever, you have reclaimed your history and your heritage. Even more wonderfully, the grace of God has enabled you to be renewed and deepened in a true missionary spirit – the same spirit that prompted our forebears in the faith  to lay the ground work for this parish so long ago.

“I do not propose to offer you a detailed lesson in your own history; you know it well and you cherish it. Instead, I’d propose to weave highpoints of your history and mission into a reflection on today’s Gospel proclamation, which speaks about our calling to be laborers in the Lord’s vineyard. Let us see how this Gospel sheds a beautiful, divine light on the labors of those who have gone before us in faith and on the work we have been called to do in our day.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Saints Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod

“It is a joy to take part once again in this festive Eucharistic celebration honoring two great Filipino saints, San Lorenzo Ruiz and San Pedro Calungsod. This joyous Mass is the culmination of three nights of prayer and reflection, a triduum, during which you opened your hearts to the Holy Spirit asking him to implant in you a spirit of discipleship and a burning desire to serve the Church as missionary disciples – ‘to stir into flame [y]our love and service for the Lord.’ May these days of prayer not only contribute to our joy at this Mass but also bear the abundant fruit of the Gospel in the Archdiocese!

“Prior to this liturgy San Lorenzo Ruiz and San Pedro Calungsod were enthroned and there followed a traditional Sinoloģ Dance to honor these two saints. The life and example of these saints are engraved on the culture of the Philippines and written as well on your hearts, indeed, the hearts of all present here today. So, let us spend a moment prayerfully reflecting on their life and example and then allow them to shed light on today’s challenging Scripture readings which teach about two essential qualities of missionary disciples.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Saints Cornelius and Cyprian; Deacon Convocation

“Today, both the Scripture readings and the Feast Day give us much to think about and much to pray about, as we reflect on your calling to serve the Church as deacons as well as the ways spouses and families share in and are affected by this ministry. Let us spend a moment ‘unpacking’ some of these riches, beginning with our reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to Timothy.

“In that reading, St. Paul leads by example. He shows anyone who would claim the name of ‘Christian’ or minister in the name of Christ and the Church what our stance before the living God should be. It is not one of pride and presumption but rather an attitude of repentance and humility.  St. Paul writes: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these, I am the foremost. But for that reason, I was mercifully treated, so that in me, as the foremost, Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life.'”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Blessing of New Ministry and Team House

“I’m glad to be with you today to celebrate this parish Mass, and after, Mass to bless the newly completed Ministry and Team House. This project has been in the making for quite a while, so I congratulate you warmly on its completion. With Fr. Tizio, I surely want to thank all who generously supported this project which will greatly benefit our student athletes and their coaches, now and for many, many years to come. Warmest thanks to school and parish leadership and to you, the parishioners, for your generosity – without which this wonderful new facility would not have been built.

“Let us now turn to the Word of God just proclaimed, and in light of this special occasion, we ask what these readings mean for us and for our daily lives, beginning with our reading from the Book of Sirach. In this Old Testament passage, written some 200 years before the birth of Christ, the author, Ben Sira, a wise and learned Jerusalem resident, alerts us to the spiritual danger of being angry and vengeful.  He warns us that we cannot expect God to forgive our sins if we nourish anger against other people – even those who have treated us badly. This teaching should not surprise us because every day, in the Our Father, we say: ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.’ We say those words often but we know it isn’t always easy to forgive others.”

Read the complete homily HERE.