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  • 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...

  • Bishop's Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 10, 2019

    [St. Joseph Church, Hilo (Rite of Election); Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu (Rite of Election)]  It is Spring training time for baseball, and that means that the players are spending lots of time in the gym, strengthening their muscles, running to improve their speed, and working on the skills they will need to be the best baseball players they can be once the long season begins.  They watch their diets and learn to...

  • Bishop's Homily for Ash Wednesday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 06, 2019

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace] Have you ever been lost?  Even in these days of Global Positioning Systems, it is still possible to find ourselves going in the wrong direction – or at least wondering if we are.  Sometimes we may find ourselves traveling in the exact opposite direction than the one we intended, or even going around in circles.  When this happens, the best thing to do is to stop, get our bearings,...

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