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  • Bishop's Homily for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 16, 2019

    I often think we read the Gospels with blinders.  We hear what we want to hear and ignore what we do not.  We think of Jesus as wanting to usher the greatest sinners into the Kingdom of God, and there is much in the Gospel that demonstrates his great mercy and love.  But we do not like to think of the warnings he gives, such as “Woe to you!” that we hear in today’s Gospel.  We like to think of the scene of...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 10, 2019

    [St. John the Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani (Marriage Convalidations); St. John Vianney Church, Kailua]  Perhaps you have heard the saying “The perfect is the enemy of the good.”  Sometimes we do not do good things simply because we know we cannot do them perfectly, and the risk of failure – or worse, ridicule – is not a risk we want to take.  So we choose to do nothing.  “The...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 03, 2019

    [St. George Church, Waimanalo] We often hear the lament that the rich become richer and the poor become poorer.  We apply that to economic realities.  While there may be some truth to it, we are challenged today to look at spiritual realities as well. I have said many time that we have wonderful parishes in our diocese, with many programs to serve the elderly, our children, our youth, the grieving, and many others.  We have Bi...

  • Bishop's Reflection Regarding Abortion Access

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 30, 2019

    Reflection of Most Reverend Larry Silva, Bishop of Honolulu Last October I visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.  Like the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, it documents the horrors of the Nazi regime in its crimes against humanity, especially the six million Jews it put to death.  Its purpose is not to keep the evil alive but to remind us of it so that it will never happen again.  When this terrible holocaust...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 27, 2019

    [Mystical Rose Oratory at Chaminade University (Hawaii World Youth Day Observance)]  Jesus had been there many times.  For almost thirty years he went to the synagogue of Nazareth to listen to the word of God.  Others before him unrolled various scrolls of Scripture and read from them, giving their interpretations of the Word of God and their teachings based upon them.  But Jesus had also been to many other places.  H...

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