From the Archbishop

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Baptism of the Lord; Mom’s 100th Birthday, Parents’ 73rd Wedding Anniversary

The Sacrament of Baptism opens the door to God’s life and love. In fact, Baptism is like a re-birth because by it we share in a whole new life, not just our earthly life, but as members of the Church, we share God’s life.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Solemnity of the Epiphany

Dear friends, when we, like the Magi, see the light of Christ shining in our midst, then our light will shine even more brightly – and each us and each of our parishes will indeed become ‘a light brightly visible’ – a light shining with the truth and love of Christ, shining with the attractiveness...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

This great saint teaches us how to live every vocation in the Church with love, how to be led by the Spirit toward the fullness of Christ’s truth and love, and how to express the ‘love of God poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit’ in works of love and service for others, especially...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

The home should be a place of love and security and peace, where parents and their children pray together, learn the faith together, and grow in knowledge and love of God, and indeed develop a personal relationship with Jesus.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Christmas 2019

On this feast of Christmas, and in the year ahead, we should ask our newborn Savior, ‘the light of the world,’ who ‘enlightens everyone coming into the world’ (Jn. 8:12;1:9 ), to bring the eyes of our soul clearly into focus, indeed, 20/20 focus.
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Archbishop Lori’s 2019 Christmas Message

As we gather with our family and friends this Christmas season to celebrate the blessed birth of our Savior, let us be mindful of our privilege as Christians to care for the poor, the downtrodden and all those subjected to isolation and neglect. 
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 4th Sunday of Advent; Sacred Heart of Mary

When our faith, our hope, our love – and our joy – are palpable, visible, real – then the questions from those who doubt or have turned away will come to us, and then we will be able to share the reasons of our hope – the hope that springs up afresh each year, on...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Thursday, 3rd Week of Advent; “Zechariah’s Advent”

If we step back for a moment, we might wonder if it were fair that Zechariah would lose his powers of speech and hearing simply because he entered a very reasonable doubt, a healthy skepticism.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Tuesday, 3rd Week of Advent; Order of Malta, Federal Association, Baltimore Area

But these four weeks are not merely an abridged version of ancient Jewish history. Rather, this is a time when we re-live the events of salvation history, a time when we make our own the hopes and fears and longings of the Chosen People, represented by those named in Matthew’s genealogy.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Malta Evening of Recollection; “The Advent Virtue of Patience”

By praying for and working to attain the virtue of patience, we derive one another benefit: we never take our Lord for granted. Rather, we begin to get some idea of his patience toward us and as we do so, we open our hearts more widely to him, at Christmas and throughout the year.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Monday, 3rd Week of Advent; Seminarians’ Advent/Christmas Gathering

This is also why we should make use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Advent, remembering as we do so, that the Lord exercises his dominion of our weakness not as the world exercises power but rather as a gentle shepherd, the one whose love is stronger than sin and more powerful than death. 
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete); Installation of Fr. T. Austin Murphy

But in calling us to rejoice St. Paul doesn’t imagine that we live in a trouble-free world. No, the joy to which he calls us is deeper, more beautiful, and more enduring than the momentary joy of pleasure or success or even the avoidance of suffering.
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