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  • Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 19, 2017

    Third Sunday of Lent, Year A – [St. Joseph Church, Hilo (with celebration of patronal feast of St. Joseph)] When you pray, you do not always obtain what you want.  Often God, in his mysterious way, gives you something even better. The Samaritan woman was not just looking for water when she went to that well at noon.  Most women were smart enough to draw their water from the well early in the morning before the heat of th...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 12, 2017

    Second Sunday of Lent, Year A – [Maria Lanakila Church, Lahaina; Sacred Hearts Mission, Kapalua] Last year as we were preparing the diocesan budget, we decided to give our employees a 2% cost of living increase.  This is modest, and our employees work very hard.  It is also something that most employers do every year.  I am not an economist by any means, but it occurred to me that if all employers give their employees a c...

  • Bishop's Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 05, 2017

    First Sunday of Lent, Year A – [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu (Rite of Election)] If you join the Marines and go to basic training, you do not expect them to take you to a resort, to serve your gourmet foods, or to give you lots of leisure time.  If you expect the drill sergeant to ask your opinion about the way things should be run, you are probably in for a big disappointment.  What you should expect is a time a...

  • 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 ...

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