Fertile ground

And what fruit can we expect once the seed of God’s Word is planted in the fertile soil of our hearts? None other than the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Feast of the Transfiguration; 60th Anniversary of Msgr. John Auer

Dear friends, in the mystery of the Transfiguration, the humanity of Jesus shone with the glory of God. In that moment, it was revealed that Jesus’ humanity was the original sacrament of his divinity. In fact, the sacraments of the Church are patterned on the Transfiguration.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention; Memorial Mass

And all of us who are part of the family of the Knights of Columbus carry in our hearts the living memory of the founder of our beloved Order, the Venerable Servant of God, Father Michael J. McGivney. Etched in our hearts is the example of this devoted parish priest who poured out his life...
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Archbishop Lori’s Address to the 135th Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention

I hope you’ll agree – it’s been a wonderful Convention. And it has been a special pleasure for us to be here in St. Louis, a city with such deep Catholic roots, a local church with a strong missionary spirit, an Archdiocese that is the Church’s ‘gateway to the West’.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom and understanding are gifts of the Holy Spirit given at Baptism, gifts that are increased and deepened in us through the Sacrament of Confirmation. Among other things, these gifts help us sort through our priorities as expressed in our daily work, our family relationships, and so much more – to see if we are...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

If the quality of our inner soil is poor, then we must take remedial action first and foremost by making good use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation by which weeds of sin, the thorns of daily cares, & the stones of hatred are removed. In this Sacrament we “give God permission” to remove from our...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Mass for the Sulpician General Council

The Society of San Sulpice is blessed with a living charism and heritage well-suited for the times that are unfolding before us. Father Olier bequeathed to you and to the whole Church a beautiful vision of priestly formation & spirituality, as relevant today as it was then.
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A painful, necessary reminder

While “The Keepers” does not accurately reflect the actions of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, it does highlight what is most important to me for the victims of Joseph Maskell and that is their own personal healing.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle; Closing Mass, Fortnight for Freedom

Now, the Lord looks upon us with love. In this moment of Eucharistic worship when we give thanks for the God-given gift of religious freedom, let us ask the Lord to restore in us this gift and help us use it well and wisely. It is all too easy to allow the freedom with which...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Ordination of Kevin Ewing to the Priesthood

Key to preaching the Gospel with courage and love is our daily conversion as priests, our striving for personal holiness. When our lives are attuned in all respects to the saving will of God the Father, then our tongue is loosened; then we preach with the credibility of a living witness, and our proclamation bears...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Fortnight for Freedom 2017 Opening Mass

Not unlike More and Fisher, we find ourselves in a new situation undreamt of only a short time ago. And while no one as yet has paid the ultimate price, we must not fail to recognize that, in many quarters, religious freedom no longer is understood as a fundamental human right taking precedence over others....
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Corpus Christi 2017

This beautiful feast of Corpus Christi has been celebrated for centuries to strengthen our faith in the mystery of the Eucharist, by which the Risen Lord remains with us and accompanies us on our journey, all the while enabling us to be present to one another along the way.
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