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Bishop's Reflections

  • Bishop's Homily for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 15, 2017

    [Hawaii Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (50th anniversary Mass); St. Ann Church, Kaneohe (Admission to Candidacy for Permanent Diaconate)] Who do you think you are? This question is often asked as a put-down to someone who has a highly inflated ego and perhaps needs a reality check.  It is a question we always need to ask of ourselves, so that we can stay at least a step ahead of someone else who may more painfully ask t...

  • Homily Epiphany of the Lord

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 08, 2017

    [Holy Trinity Church, Honolulu (Pastor Installation); St. Stephen Catholic Church, Honolulu] You are a star!  You shine with a radiance that makes people turn their heads and pay attention.  You light up a room with your presence.  You bring light where there is darkness, and make people want to get up and follow.  You are a star! You might be asking, “Who, me?”  We know what attention a star gets.  ...

  • Bishop's Homily for Christmas Eve & Day

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 25, 2016

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu; Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] How hard it is for us to believe in miracles!  In the beginning, when all was formless and void, God spoke a Word, and through that Word all things came into being:  the light and the darkness, the earth and the sky, the seas and all they contain, the seed-bearing plants, and the birds and beasts of every kind.  Yes, the fulfillment of th...

  • Bishop's Christmas Message

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 25, 2016

    We need to pay more attention to angels! “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”  (Luke 2:14)  That was their message to the shepherds that first Christmas night, and if we are attentive, it is their message to all of us as well. In so many ways we have forgotten God, taken him out of our schools and our civic life, and relegated him to a role as our servant to comfort us when...

  • Homily for the Forth Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 19, 2016

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu; Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] When someone proposes something that seems to be very far-fetched and says, “Trust me,” we might become very suspicious.  Isn’t that what happened to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden when the serpent said they would be like gods if they ate the fruit God had forbidden them to touch and said, “Trust me”?  Isn&rsq...

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