In homily for June 21 opening Mass for the ‘Fortnight to Freedom,’ Baltimore archbishop cites example of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, as well as the Little Sisters of the Poor.
BY ARCHBISHOP WILLIAM LORI 06/22/2016
Archbishop William Lori venerates the relics of St. Thomas More and John Fisher at the basilica in Baltimore on June 21.– USCCB Freedom TwitterArchbishop William Lori of Baltimore gave the following homily for the June 21 opening Mass for the “Fortnight for Freedom” at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore (edited for Register style):
I. Introduction: The Faithful Witness
Tonight we celebrate the opening Mass of the 2016 “Fortnight for Freedom,” returning to this, the first cathedral in the United States, a cathedral that was under construction even as “a new nation conceived in liberty” began to take shape. But we are not here tonight to argue a point of constitutional law, nor are we here to re-argue what has already been persuasively argued in our courts. No, we are here to honor the martyrs, to celebrate the freedom to bear witness, beginning with Jesus Christ, “the faithful witness” of the Father’s love (Revelation 1:5), for Christ and his sacrificial love are the very heart of the Eucharist we celebrate.