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  • Bishop;s Homily for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

    Bishop Larry Silva
    June 02, 2019

    [Annunciation Church, Waimea; Ascension Mission, Puako (with dedication of new altar)] What is the Gospel you will write? Perhaps someone may have received an assignment in a theology class that is studying the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to write his or her own Gospel.  One would have to decide what audience it would be directed to.  To young people?  To elders?  To the rich and well educated?  To ...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 26, 2019

    [St. John the Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani (Confirmation & First Communion); Divine Mercy Conference at Hawaii Convention Center; St. Anthony Church, Kalihi (Confirmation & First Communion)] In the play “Man of LaMancha” which is based on the Miguel Cervantes novel Don Quixote, Don Quixote is a noble knight who is dedicated to righting all wrongs and fighting against injustice wherever he finds it.&n...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 12, 2019

    [Our Lady of the Mount Church, Kalihi (Confirmation and First Holy Communion); Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Ewa Beach (Confirmation and First Holy Communion)] Sixty-three years ago today, which was also Mothers’ Day, I received my First Holy Communion.  Who would have known then that I would be here today to give First Communion to these brothers and sisters of ours?  And who would have thought that I would be givin...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 05, 2019

    [St. John the Baptist Church, Kalihi; Resurrection of the Lord Church, Waipio; St. Anthony of Padua Church, Kailua (Confirmations and First Communions)]  Have you ever noticed that Jesus had different ways of revealing himself after he rose from the dead?  I once saw a painting of Jesus meeting Mary Magdalene outside his tomb.  He was dressed with a dirty tunic, a floppy hat, and a hoe on his shoulder.  She thought he was ...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 05, 2019

    [Sacred Heart Church, Punahou; St. John Vianney Church, Kailua (Confirmation & First Holy Communion)]  If I came back here a year from now and met you who are receiving Confirmation and First Holy Communion today, I bet you would be bigger.  You are at an age in which your bodies are growing.  The clothes and shoes you are wearing today probably won’t fit you in just a year from now.  Do you know that the Body o...

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