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  • Homily for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    August 12, 2018

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu; St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa] I have great admiration for caregivers.  They take care of sick or disabled people day in and day out, sometimes for years.  We know that sick people are not always in the best mood and feel great frustrations that they cannot take care of themselves, so they may easily take out their frustrations on the care giver, which adds even more stress to the ...

  • Bishop Larry Silva
    July 15, 2018

    [Hawaii Catholic Charismatic Renewal (40th Anniversary)] On several occasions I have met with city and state officials regarding our crisis of homelessness.  The wisest solution seems to be what is referred to as “housing first.”  This means that someone who is living on the streets is first given housing, then is surrounded by social services that will help them with mental health or addiction issues, life skills, ...

  • Homily for the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    July 08, 2018

    [Immaculate Conception Church, Lihue] Who do you think you are? These are words we often hear when someone is acting arrogantly, as if they are better than we are, when we know very well they are just normal people.  When one steps beyond their bounds to correct someone or to call attention to a fault, these words can often be our reaction to that person.  Who do you think you are? Yet our readings today challenge us to rethink wh...

  • Homily for the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    July 01, 2018

    [Samoan Catholic Community – at St. Anthony Church, Kalihi] There is an opioid epidemic that very much concerns health officials.  These are prescription pain killers that people have become addicted to.  There is a spike in teen suicides, and some of our youth are finding life so difficult that they just decide it is easier to check out.  There are addictions to electronic screens, and particularly to pornography, by whi...

  • Homily for the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

    Bishop Larry Silva
    June 24, 2018

    [St. Augustine Church, Waikiki] Could your being here today be a part of God's eternal plan for you? I have heard of many people who have met their spouses in church, and God's plan for them in marriage was fulfilled just by a chance meeting.  I am aware that the vocation to the priesthood of Pope Francis was sparked by a particular visit to his parish church when he was a young man.  I have heard of people who were not very involv...

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