Archbishop Lori’s Homilies

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 3rd Sunday of Easter, Saints Philip and James

Just as the Apostles struggled to make this message their own and finally, in the power of the Holy Spirit, truly opened their hearts to Jesus, so too in prayer we need to invite the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts, to open them ever more widely to the message of salvation in Jesus.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 150th Anniversary, St. Joseph Eldersburg

The beautiful and joyous season of Easter is filled with message of salvation. Again and again the Church proclaims the good news that Christ died for our sins and rose for our salvation.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: American Catholic Historical Association

History reflects humanity, as you know better than I, and as followers of Christ and members of his Body, the Church, we are aware our humanity stands in need of redemption.
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Archbishop Lori’s Remarks: Interfaith Prayer Service on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We all know why we are here tonight: to remember that tragic day 50 years ago when we lost one of the great leaders our nation has ever produced: Dr. Martin Luther King. And though we come together on this anniversary of his death, it is his life and his legacy that we come together...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Divine Mercy Sunday

On this Divine Mercy Sunday let us ask St. John Paul II and St. Faustina Kowalska to intercede for us that we may daily seek the mercies of the Lord and thus live as joyful disciples always spreading the Gospel by word and example.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Easter Sunday 2018

The true significance of our profession of faith is that we surrender our lives to the only One who can break the grip which Satan and the world have on our hearts, so as to open them to that love which brings us a peace and joy the world cannot give.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Holy Saturday

This is how the light of Christ, first kindled at the dawn of creation, the light which led the Israelites through the dark night of history, the light which emerged in all its glory in the mystery of the Resurrection – this is how the light of Christ shines in our hearts, in our homes,...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Good Friday

To deal with the problem of human suffering we must confront the Cross. Over the centuries, however, attempts have been made to sanitize the Cross, that is to say, to remove from the Lord’s Passion its bitterness and pain.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Holy Thursday

This night we come together as one, priests and people, around the table of the Lord. Let us come not only with a renewed and deepened appreciation but indeed with genuine praise and thanksgiving to the Lord who loves us more than we could ever ask or imagine, as together we say: “O Sacrament most holy,...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Chrism Mass 2018

On this night, I join my brother priests in thanking you, the laity and religious, who represent parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Thank you for your presence here this evening, thank you for living your vocations, especially to marriage and family, and for your devoted service to the Church.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 5th Sunday of Lent

Jesus teaches us what such surrender to God’s will means when he describes himself as a grain of wheat that falls into the ground and dies so as to produce an abundant harvest.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: St. Patrick Parade Mass

Believing in Jesus, accepting his gift of self on the cross, means opening our hearts to his crucified love and allowing God the Father’s mercy to transform us from within, to rescue us from our sins – that is – the works of darkness, to open the eyes of our soul to the light of...
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Looking back and called forward: A commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

What we are about this evening is so much more than what might appear to an unknowing onlooker. We are in fact responding to the call of our dear Pope Francis, the man of peace and reconciliation, “to be bold and creative, joyful and hopeful in [our] commitment to continue the great journey ahead of...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Catholic Men’s Fellowship Conference

This is a pretty good thing for us to think about as Lent winds down: to give God the credit, the thanks, the praise, the adoration, by spending time in prayer, by attending Mass devoutly, and whenever possible eucharistic adoration.
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Archbishop Lori’s Talk – “Your Face, Lord, Do I Seek (Ps. 27:8): Reflections on Contemporary Atheism and Belief”

This afternoon I don’t have to craft a thirty second elevator speech but I have been asked to deal with the vast topic of atheism in forty-five minutes. I can do that adequately but I can at least offer you some reflections so that you can write your own “elevator speech” – your own succinct...
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily – IVE Mass

In less than a minute, Jesus cut to the chase, the core of the Law, the Torah, with its 613 prescriptions – with all its laws, rules, and regulations. The Lord not only summed them up but he was also the first to link so clearly love of God and love of neighbor.
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