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  • Homily for Christmas

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 25, 2017

    CHRISTMAS, 2017[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (Mass during the Night); Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa (Mass during the Day)] If a man is preparing to propose marriage to a woman, very often he thinks of the most romantic way he can do so.  The setting must be just right, perhaps a place that has special meaning for the couple.  Maybe there will be candles and flowers.  Perhaps some special background music will be playing...

  • Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 24, 2017

    Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu; St. Anthony Church, Kalihi] Prophets and angels are both messengers of God, sent to announce God’s will for a particular person or community at a particular time.  The stories of Advent and Christmas are replete with messages from God, delivered by prophets or proclaimed by angels of various sorts.  The core of the message is always the same:&nbs...

  • 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 problem...

  • 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 conn...

  • 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 distracted...

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