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  • Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 17, 2017

    Third Sunday of Advent, Year B[Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Pearl City (Misa de Gallo)] I said it after a challenging discussion about how to raise the funds for a hugely expensive project that needs to be done.  I said it as we discussed disaster preparedness plans.  I said it as we faced multiple lawsuits to settle claims with people who had been abused by clergy decades ago.  I said it on many other occasions when proble...

  • Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 10, 2017

    Second Sunday of Advent, Year B[Chapels at Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam; Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu (Vietnamese Mass; 25thAnniversary of Deacon Antony Nguyen)] Admit it: sin can be lots of fun! People do not engage in illicit sex because it is tortuous to do so, but because it gives them such a physical and emotional thrill.  Sharing juicy tidbits of gossip about another person can be a very interesting way to co...

  • Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 03, 2017

    First Sunday of Advent, Year B[St. Benedict Church, Honaunau; St. John the Baptist Mission, Kealakekua] We hear all the time that texting and driving do not mix.  For the second or two we take our eyes off the road could be the exact second a hazard suddenly presents itself, or we realize we are becoming a hazard to others.  Stay alert!  Have you ever burned anything you were cooking because just for a moment you were distracte...

  • Homily for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 26, 2017

    Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, Year A[Christ the King Church, Kahului (85th anniversary of establishment)] It would not be a stretch to say that the Catholic Church is one of the largest social service agencies in this country and in the world.  If we just look at the second collections, to which you contribute so generously, we can see numerous ways in which we, as a community of faith, feed the hungry, give drink to the t...

  • Homily for the 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 05, 2017

    Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A[Holy Family Church, Honolulu (Dedication of new altar; Veterans Day observance with the Order of Malta)] There has been much news lately about monuments to Confederate heroes being taken down because, to those who want them down, they symbolize an acceptance of the evil of slavery.  While I do not always agree with this particular tactic, it can definitely be said that there is no room fo...

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