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  • Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 12, 2016

    [Holy Ghost Mission Church, Kula (Pastor Installation)] Yesterday our diocese hosted its annual Star Light, Star Bright function.  We go to the Women's Correctional Center in Kailua, Oahu, take the children of the women who are there, and have a Christmas party for them.  One of the highlights for me was meeting a woman who is going to be released this Wednesday.  She told me how joyful she is because she knows that God loves h...

  • Homily for Immaculate Conception

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 08, 2016

    December 8, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – St. Patrick Church, Kaimuki[Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary] A popular song we are likely to hear in these days of Advent and Christmas is “Mary, did you know?”  It asks Mary if she knew her son would one day walk on water, give sight to a blind man, or calm a storm with his hand. It is most likely that Mary did not know all of these things the day the ang...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 05, 2016

    [St. Theresa Church, Kekaha; Sacred Hearts Mission, Waimea, Kauai] Imagine how hard it must be to overcome an addiction.  Whether it is alcohol, drugs, or pornography, it can seem like the problem is so big, so pervasive within one’s self, that one can easily lose hope.  Imagine how difficult it is to be reconciled with a spouse or a family member who has hurt one so deeply that forgiveness seems impossible.  Imagine the ...

  • Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 28, 2016

    First Sunday of Advent, Year A – November 27, 2016[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu;Vietnamese Holy Martyrs Community, Honolulu] Climbing a mountain takes some exertion. It means we have to be determined enough to overcome even the comforts of gravity so that we can achieve a higher perspective. It means we have to prepare our muscles not for rest but for stretching and straining. We might have to leave behind the famil...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 07, 2016

    [St. Philomena Church, Honolulu] Let’s all be unsuccessful! I bet you have not heard anyone say that before!  It is drummed into us from our earliest days that we must strive to be successful in our families, our careers, and in everything we do.  Yet the Scriptures today present a very different picture of success, because we see people who have in many ways failed in their goals.  Yet though they were failures, they we...

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