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  • Bishop's Homily for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 14, 2019

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu] Jump on the bandwagon!  Go along with the crowd! I recently read of a town that has had an epidemic of teen suicides, one copy-catting another and causing immeasurable suffering for the rest of the community.  How many young people turn to drugs and alcohol or self-destructive sexual practices because “everybody is doing it?”  I recall a person who is now very pro-life who wa...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 07, 2019

    [St. Joseph Church, Makawao] An old friend of mine told me this true story about himself.  He was married and had two children.  But he was a drug addict, and, as you can imagine, his life was quite chaotic.  He would constantly have fights with his wife, and he emotionally abused his children.  He spent the family’s money on drugs rather than on the necessities of life.  One day, he los...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 31, 2019

    [Holy Family Church, Honolulu (Installation of Pastor)] Do you know how the date of Easter is determined each year?  It is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring equinox.  From this equinox, which is normally around March 21, you wait until the next full moon, and the Sunday after it is Easter.  It has to do with planting and harvesting, with cultivating the land.  And so the grain that is buried in th...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 24, 2019

    [St. Theresa Church, Mountain View (Confirmation & First Communion)]  He was on fire!  That is something we might say about a basketball player who is filled with spunk, energy and zeal to win the game.  Yet, while that player is expending energy, his success on the court may actually give him more energy, more fire, so that he is like a bush that is on fire but does not burn.  The story of Moses encountering God in t...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 17, 2019

    [Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Pearl City (Scouts Mass); Kalaupapa, Molokai]  I hope I can keep you awake!  Yes, every preacher’s nightmare is that people will fall asleep while he is preaching.  So we try to find ways to make the homily interesting and lively – or at least short – so that we can have your full attention.  Sleeping seemed to be a part of two of the readings we heard today.  When...

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