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  • Bishop's Homily for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary TIme

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 17, 2016

    [Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Waikane] A priest friend of mine is fond of saying, “If you are not willing to work for something you are praying for, then don’t bother praying for it.”  I believe that thought bears some reflection in light of today’s Scripture readings. When the Israelites were being attacked, Moses sent Joshua into the battle.  And even though he was too old to engage in battle, he parti...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 09, 2016

    [Holy Rosary Church, Paia; St. Philomena Church, Kalaupapa] The separating sickness.  That was the name given to leprosy when it was an epidemic here in Hawaii, and when those who had the disease would have been exiled to Kalaupapa, Molokai.  Not only did they have to deal with the physical infirmity, but they were separated from their families, their friends, their livelihoods, and their own neighborhoods.  But this reality di...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    September 25, 2016

    [St. Rita Church, Haiku (Installation of Pastor); Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Wahiawa (Installation of Pastor); St. Stephen Diocesan Center Chapel (Engaged Encounter)] Did you notice that Jesus, the merciful face of God, is talking about hell in this gospel?  He speaks of the rich man going to “the netherworld, where he was in torment” and where he was “suffering torment in these flames.”  So horrible was his...

  • Homily for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    September 12, 2016

    [Immaculate Conception Church, Ewa (Installation of Pastor); Aliamanu Military Reservation Chapel; Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Ewa Beach (Incardination & Installation of Pastor)] You find out your spouse has been unfaithful to you.  You discover that a trusted employee has been swindling you.  You see airplanes being purposely flown into two stately high rise buildings, causing hundred of deaths.  One of yo...

  • 75th Anniversary Homily-Founding of the Diocese of Honolulu

    Bishop Larry Silva
    September 10, 2016

    [St. Anthony Church, Wailuku, Maui – September 9, 2016; Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu – September 10, 2016] World War II and Vatican II.  The opening of St. Stephen Seminary and the closing of St. Stephen Seminary.  The liturgical reforms.  The canonizations of Sts. Damien and Marianne.  The legalization of abortion and same-sex marriage.  The reinstatement of the permanent diacona...

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