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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 06, 2022

    [Mystical Rose Oratory at Chaminade University of Honolulu] The teenaged son of my best friend noticed that one of his classmates was depressed, and he found out that his classmate had a very difficult family situation and sometimes felt like ending it all.  This young man invited his classmate to hang out with his family, sharing meals, hikes, playing cards and watching TV.  The influence of this family that was not perfect but was...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 30, 2022

    [St. Anthony of Padua Church, Kailua (Pastor Installation)] Who do you think you are? That was the message that the people of Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth delivered to him in no uncertain terms – by trying to throw him off a cliff!  This hometown boy, the son of Joseph the carpenter, had the audacity to challenge the faith of the people of Israel to point out the truth that they had chosen to ignore – that God worked hi...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 23, 2022

    [Resurrection of the Lord Church, Waipio (Installation of Pastor); Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] St. Francis of Assisi is often quoted as saying, “Preach the Gospel always.  If necessary, use words.”  He certainly preached the Gospel with words, but he is best known for his joyful service to the poor and the outcast.  He went and announced the Gospel with his life, as we are all urged to do as w...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 16, 2022

    [St. John Vianney Church, Kailua; St. Anthony Church, Kalihi (Santo Niño Celebration)] I have reached the end of my rope!  I’ve hit a dead end!  I am running out of gas!  I just can’t take this anymore! These, I believe, are our common ways of saying that the wine is running out, that what brings joy to our lives is drying up, or that we just do not know how we can go on another step.  They are our ways...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Baptism of the Lord

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 09, 2022

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] She is all in!  He was completely absorbed by it!  She was drowning in self-pity.  He is fully immersed in his work.  These are expressions we often use to describe when a person is totally absorbed by something, whether good or bad.  They imply total and complete commitment to some work, object or attitude.  They may be a bit of an exaggeration, but they expres...

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