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  • Bishop's Homily for the Solemnity of Mary

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 01, 2023

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] The shepherds probably did not stay very long.  After all, it was very late at night, and the couple they visited had just completed a long and tiring journey; and the woman had just given birth.  Courtesy demanded that their visit be short.  Yet in that short time, those shepherds experienced a life-changing reality. The shepherds, of course, did not raise their sheep as pet...

  • Bishop’s Christmas Message for 2022

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 25, 2022

    Get ahead! Be successful! You can be whatever you want to be! These are messages that constantly bombard us and that shape our lives more than we wish to admit. They all reinforce the notion that each one of us is our own god, and that we and we alone make ultimate decisions for ourselves. But when we take this burden upon ourselves, thinking that divinity builds us up higher and higher, we ultimately collapse and fall. Being god is to carry a...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 18, 2022

    [Christ the King Church, Kahului; St. Anthony Church, Wailuku] God can often seem absurd!  In today’s readings we see two examples of this and the hint of a third. Ahaz was the King of Judah, and his two most powerful enemies had made an alliance to invade him.  He consults with the prophet Isaiah about whether he should form a military alliance with Assyria in order to have the strength to resist this invasion.  After c...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 11, 2022

    [St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Kaunakakai (with installation of pastor)] Another bishop recently related a conversation he had with a young man.  The young man said he was very discouraged because so many terrible things are happening in the world, and very little good.  The bishop asked him where he got the information that led to that conclusion, and the young man answered that he learned it all on the news.  The bishop told ...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 06, 2022

    [Diocesan Congress of Filipino Catholic Clubs, Wailua, Kauai] Do you know what the word for “wives” is in Spanish? “Esposas.” Do you know what else “esposas” means in Spanish? “Handcuffs!” Of course, we joke that when a couple gets married, each one puts on a ball and chain because they are linked to each other for life, and one must give up some personal freedom to make the relationship work. ...

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