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  • Bishop's Homily for Ash Wednesday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 01, 2017

    Ash Wednesday - [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace] There are two ways something can be turned into ashes.  One is by fire.  I am sure that is the way the palms blessed on Palm Sunday last year were turned into the ashes we will impose upon our foreheads today to mark the beginning of Lent.  The other way something can be turned into ashes is by simple neglect over time, a neglect that make things disintegrate, fall ...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 19, 2017

    [Holy Spirit Church, Fremont, California] I would like to tell you about the time I went to hell. I was on a 30 day retreat, following the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order. At the beginning of the retreat, he wants you to be spiritually free of all sin and encumbrances so that the retreat can be more fruitful. He asks you to become aware of your sins, so that you can be free of those, and one of t...

  • Homily for 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 12, 2017

    [St. John the Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani (Convalidation of Marriages)St. Stephen Diocesan Center Chapel, Kaneohe (Institution of Acolytes)] Some time ago I read the true story of a man who went to see his rabbi. The man had been married for close to 25 years, but he found himself miserable in the marriage and had decided he simply could not tolerate it any more. He was conflicted, however, because his faith, like ours, does not...

  • Homily for 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 05, 2017

    [St. Anthony Church, Kalihi (Confirmation)] Boring!  Dull!  Lifeless!  Obscure! These are words that, unfortunately, are sometimes used to describe our Catholic faith, with its many rituals, traditions, customs, norms and rules.  Perhaps we ourselves have used these descriptions, and we may presume that many of the people who are Catholics but who hardly ever come to Mass would probably describe the Catholic Church with t...

  • Homily for Our Lady of Fatima

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 03, 2017

    [Romans 5:1-5; Mark 16:15-20] Last Saturday the Auxiliary Bishop of Newark, New Jersey was celebrating Mass at the Cathedral there, and just as he was inviting people to the Penitential Act at the beginning of Mass, a huge man approached him and hit him in the face, knocking him to the ground and loosening some of his teeth.  We always think the church is one of the safest places we can be, resting in the beauty of this dear mother, with...

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