Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Corpus Christi

“It has been said that life is a journey, not a destination. And isn’t it true that the longer we journey through life, the clearer it becomes that our final destination is not in this world. Experience also teaches that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to make this journey alone.

“All this was brought home to me some forty years ago, as a newly ordained priest. Back then, I considered myself a very busy person. After all, I had a parish to serve and a doctorate in theology to earn. I had to manage my time well and wisely so as to fit everything in. Among my stops one fine day was Prince George’s County Hospital where I visited a parishioner who was entering into the last hours of her life. Sad to say, I had “budgeted” only a certain amount of time for the visit.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Trinity Sunday

“Not a day goes by without our making the sign of the Cross, without our praying the Our Father or asking Christ to be near us, or without our seeking the inspiration and strength of the Holy Spirit. We wholeheartedly accept in faith the doctrine of the Trinity, the Church’s most important and most central teaching: One God in Three Persons.

“Yet, isn’t it strange that, when anyone speaks at length about this Mystery – the mystery of God’s inner life and love revealed in human history – our eyes tend to glaze over. It can all sound so dry, so theoretical, so far removed from us. And please allow me to let you in on a trade secret. Homilists often commiserate with one another on Trinity Sunday. “It’s so hard to preach about!” they often say.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“The Book of Tobit in the Old Testament tells the story of a just man who lived some seven or eight centuries before the birth of Christ. He was a member of one of the Northern tribes of Israel that were deported to Assyria. Tobit made his home as an exile in Nineveh, a city made famous by the preaching of Jonah. Among his fellow exiles, he stood out as a model of fidelity.

“Although Tobit apparently prospered in his exile, he also endured a lot. When, in his charity, he buried a man who had murdered, he was ridiculed. “Importuned” by birds perched on the garden wall, Tobit experienced blindness and was subsequently chided by his wife for his lack of charity. Tobit also had a son named Tobias who decided to marry a woman married seven times previously; all seven of her previous husbands died on their wedding night… nothing to worry about there! Thankfully, though, Tobias lived for another day.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart

“Years ago, when I was a seminarian at Mt. St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Maryland, the world-famous Mother Teresa of Calcutta came for a visit. Naturally, we were exited, and anxious to talk with her. Because the seminary rector knew what we were like, he warned us, within an inch of our life, to be on our best behavior. To the best of my recollection, we complied!

“Truth to tell, we were hoping she’d talk about her amazing exploits. ‘What was it like to win the Nobel Peace Prize?’ ‘Tell us how you got started serving the poorest of the poor in India.’ We wanted to know how her mission was going in Eastern Europe –behind the Iron Curtain, as it was then called. We wanted to know how she attracted so many vocations to the Missionaries of Charity.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: St. Josemaria Escriva

“The story of St. Josemaria’s spiritual awakening is well known. He was already a good priest, well-trained and faithful as well as prayerful. Yet, the Lord had something more in mind for this beloved son of his. Thus it was that, while on a streetcar in the midst of Madrid’s sound and fury Father Josemaria Escriva heard the voice of God the Father. Although he had been unable to pray in the quiet of his church only hours earlier, now in the noise of the city, surrounded by people on their way to work, he suddenly experienced the Fatherhood of God as never before. From his priestly heart prayer poured forth – simple yet profound – ‘Padre!’ ‘Pater!’ ‘Abba!’ ‘Father!’

“That story means a lot to me. Like yourselves, I am immersed in the busyness of the world. I often find myself in planes and trains, on noisy streets, working in an office with a hectic pace – and I know from experience –how important it is not to lose sight of God’s filial love in the midst of it all. You might be interested to know that I prepared this very homily in a courthouse, sitting in a waiting room as a potential juror, waiting for my number to be called. The thought crossed my mind – not an eloquent thought but a true one nonetheless –’Your number has already been called! You have been chosen to be a child of God!’ With that I found myself at peace in an atmosphere that was anything but peaceful.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Vigil of Pentecost

“What a joyous occasion this is! We’ve gathered to give thanks to God as we bless this new parish center here at St. Lawrence Martyr Parish –especially the new baptismal font, the ambry for the Holy Oils, the tabernacle, and, of course, the altar.

“I want to join you in expressing our warmest gratitude for the pastoral love and leadership of your pastor, Father Victor! At the same time, let’s express our thanks to Father Binoy for his devoted priestly ministry in our midst together with the parish deacons. This is a moment for me to thank all of you for your leadership, planning participation, and spirit of hospitality. Your partnership with your priests has made possible this great progress.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Solemnity of the Ascension

“First of all, let me say that things have changed quite a bit since I last celebrated Mass here at Ascension. Thanks to your careful planning, your generosity, and your love, and thanks to the wonderful leadership of your pastor, Fr. John Williamson, this church has been transformed beautifully with a handsome new altar as the focal point. I also thank you for working so closely with Father Williamson in order to unite Ascension Parish and St. Augustine Parish in a single pastorate. I deeply appreciate your openness, hospitality, and spirit of cooperation. Warmest thanks and warmest congratulations for all you have accomplished.

“It is also joy for me to celebrate Mass here, on this your feast day, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. The Scripture readings speak of the Lord’s disciples as a work-in-progress; they speak of the greatness of the Exalted Lord’s power on our behalf; and they speak of the mission that has been entrusted to us. Let’s briefly look at these three points.”

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