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  • Bishop's Homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 02, 2022

    [St. John Vianney Church, Kailua (Installation of Pastor)] In this severely rainy weather, many people have very little shelter from the elements, and perhaps they feel abandoned and alone.  In the midst of this pandemic, many are filled with great fear that they or their loved ones will become deathly ill.  In this country that is so richly blessed with materials goods, we have one of the highest rates of suicides in the world.&nbs...

  • Bishop's Homily for Christmas

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 25, 2021

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu; Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu] Starry skies and starry eyes.  Magic moments and majestic music.  Fear and trembling amidst fantasy and romance.  Multitudes of well-wishers and choirs of angels.  Yes, we reflect tonight on the wonder of – marriage. Yes, marriage normally starts out that way.  There is such romantic fire between the couple that noth...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 19, 2021

    [St. Catherine Church, Kapaa; Holy Cross Church, Kalaheo; Immaculate Conception Church, Lihue] It is intriguing when we read a novel and all the seemingly unrelated incidents seem to fit together in the end as if they were all pieces of a puzzle.  So it is with our Scripture readings today. Did you know that the word “Bethlehem” means “House of Bread?”  As we hear the prophet Micah sing the praises of Bethle...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday in Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 12, 2021

    [St. John the Baptist Church, Kalihi (with Commemoration of Our Lady of Guadalupe)] Before this Mass, we participated in a serenade to the Virgin of Guadalupe, and we all sang with much gusto and joy to honor our heavenly Mother.  However, I am sure that some among us have broken hearts because a loved one has recently died.  Others are very worried because they do not have sufficient work to sustain their families.  Others hav...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday in Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 05, 2021

    [Resurrection of the Lord Church, Waipio (25th Anniversary Celebration)] What were you wearing when you came to Mass today?  While I could talk about whether our dress appropriately expresses the importance of our encounter with Jesus Christ here during the Eucharist, I really am talking about another kind of garment.  Did you come to Mass clothed in hurt because you just had an argument with someone or someone said something hurtfu...

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