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  • Homily for Good Friday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 14, 2017

    Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – Good Friday – April 14, 2017[Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu] Someone here is probably carrying the cross of profound grief over the loss of a loved one. Another may be carrying the cross of anxiety about a life-threatening disease. Yet another may be carrying the cross of caring for a seriously disabled family member. One is carrying the cross of feeling trapped in a situation of domest...

  • Bishop's Homily for Palm Sunday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 09, 2017

    Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, Year A – [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu] Somehow the first reading of today’s Mass reminded me of the recent political campaign.  Candidates with “well-trained” tongues tried to rouse the weary and convince them that a vote for themselves would be in everyone’s best interest.  At the same time, they had to give their faces, as the Scriptures say, “t...

  • Bishop Silva's 2017 Chrism Mass Homily

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 06, 2017

    Some friends whose wedding I celebrated almost thirty years ago visited me last Christmastime.  Before they married, they told me the story of their first date.  They were in college, and after a nice dinner together, they went to get ice cream cones.  Before they finished the cones, however, they both had to rush home to study for a test.  She decided to put her half-eaten ice cream cone in the freezer so that she could ke...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 02, 2017

    [St. Catherine Church, Kapaa] The Pyramids of Egypt. The Taj Mahal of India. People flock to them from all over the world to marvel at their architectural genius and their grandeur. Do you realize, however, that these and some of the most monumental structures in the world were built as tombs? Many cultures pay great honor to the dead by building them beautiful places of rest. But as we reflect today on the raising of Lazarus from the dead, a...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 26, 2017

    Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year A – [Holy Rosary Parish, Pahala; Sacred Heart Parish, Naalehu] A few weeks ago the brother of my best friend was killed in a motorcycle accident.  As he pulled out of a driveway, a car hit him, and the driver said, “I didn’t see him pulling out.”  We know that such a thing could happen to any of us, because for an instant we can become distracted, or someone may carelessly enter ou...

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