Archbishop Lori’s Homily – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Knights of Columbus Board Meeting

“Sometimes a Scripture passage strikes an immediate chord in us. Such is the case with today’s reading from the Book of Job. Beset by all kinds of misfortunes, even tragedies, Job complains that life is drudgery. Instead of a gift, existence is perceived as a burden offering no rest, no peace, no joy. There are days, are there not, when we can relate to this.

“When I was in the seminary, I had a roommate who was an early riser. His super-loud alarm would go off every morning at 5:15 a.m. Every morning he’d shut it off and say the same thing:  ‘Gladly, Jesus, gladly!’ My comments went in a different direction… At that hour, to say the least, it was hard to summon my enthusiasm and optimism.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

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A Light Brightly Visible in West Baltimore

It was a pleasure to visit St. Edward in West Baltimore this weekend to offer Holy Mass and spend time with the parish family. I’m especially thankful for the leadership of Father Honest Munishi. We are all very grateful to the Spiritans, Father Honest’s religious community, for making available to us all such a wonderful priest. And we are grateful to Father Honest for his love of the St. Edward’s community and his service to the wider community.

Parishioners of St. Edward are no strangers to what makes headlines in the media: high crime, homelessness, drugs and a host of other social problems. In the midst of so many heart-rending social problems, St. Edward stands out as a beautiful community of faith, worship and service.

The parish community of St. Edward is a “light brightly visible” in the Mosher neighborhood of our city. Parishioners actively reach out to their neighbors – whether through participating in prayer walks, offering a food pantry or hosting a job-training site for Catholic Charities.

Above all, St. Edwards shines bright with the Word of God and the sacraments and seeks to share the Word of God effectively and convincingly in this part of our beloved City of Baltimore.

Read Archbishop Lori’s homily from his Jan. 28 Mass at St. Edward HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“I’m delighted to return to St. Mary’s to install Father Ernest Cibelli as your pastor. It could hardly be said, however, that we rushed into this! Father Cibelli has been ‘on the job’ for quite some time now and you have come to know him as the good priest and pastor that he is, as he goes about serving your pastoral needs with dedication and love.

“With Father Cibelli, I thank you, the parishioners of St. Mary Parish, for striving to grow in holiness, for seeking to live as the Lord’s disciples, and for all you do to advance the Church’s mission in Hagerstown and beyond. Part of that mission is St. Mary’s School – and so I take this occasion to congratulate your principal, Patricia McDermott, as well as your teachers, staff, parents – and, of course, our great students – on being named a blue ribbon school by the U.S. Department of Education! Let me also thank all those involved in the evangelization and formation of the young as well as those who carry forward the mission and many ministries of this parish.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily – “Life Is Beautiful” Mass

“In April 1965, Life magazine published photos of an infant in the womb of its mother. This photo essay was entitled, “The Drama of Life before Birth.” It was remarkable not only for the technology that enabled these stunning photographic images of an unborn baby, but also for the degree of wonderment that this essay inspired in many hearts: many saw in those images the humanity of the unborn child. ‘Life is beautiful,’ they must have said.

“Today, such technology is commonplace. Contemporary ultrasound technology enables an expectant mother to see even more clearly the tiny, developing child in her womb. Since 2009, the Knights of Columbus have placed over 800 ultrasound machines in pro-life pregnancy centers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and elsewhere. For many women, these ultrasound images are a godsend. Even in difficult situations that might have led to a different decision, most of these women, upon seeing their child, elect to bring it to term. Many of them say: ‘My baby is so beautiful!’ Indeed, life is beautiful.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

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.'”

Read the complete homily HERE.

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.”

Read the complete homily HERE.