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  • Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 27, 2022

    [Sacred Heart Church, Waianae] Perhaps some of you remember the late Father Eli Carter.  He was my classmate in the seminary, and I remember his telling me about how the town of Nanakuli received its name.  It means, “to look at your knees” or “to appear to be deaf.”  It was an extremely poor town, with little fresh water and very little food to spare.  It was customary for the Hawaiian people to of...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 20, 2022

    [St. Ann Church, Kaneohe] Fire is fascinating.  People can sit before a roaring fireplace or a flickering candle and be mesmerized by the fire.  We sometimes see Polynesian fire dances, in which the dancer twirls a flaming torch, and these amaze us.  If you have ever participated in a candle-light procession, there is something that is engaging about hundreds of little flames coming together.  As we look forward to gatheri...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 13, 2022

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu (Scouts Mass); Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Honolulu] “He just wasn’t himself today.”  “She was beside herself with grief.”  These are expressions we use to describe when someone is just out of sorts or not acting properly.  People know when you “are not yourself,” either when you are putting on airs and pretending to be someone you ar...

  • Bishop's Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 06, 2022

    [St. Anthony Church, Wailuku (Rite of Election); Christ the King Church, Kahului; Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu (Rite of Election)] Sign me up!  So says the enthusiastic young woman as she joins the Marines.  Soon after she reports for duty, however, she goes through one of the most grueling, humiliating, and demanding experiences of her life called basic training.  Many times she is tempted to throw in the towel, to qu...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 13, 2022

    [St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Kaneohe (Institution as Lectors of Deacon Candidates)] When I was Director of Vocations in the Diocese of Oakland, I was in residence at St. Anthony Church in East Oakland.  I was not in charge there, but I did have the privilege of getting to know the people.  Some years later I returned there as pastor, and at one of my first Masses there a woman who had been a lector for quite a while.  She read...

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