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  • Bishop's Homily for the Feast of St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael

    Bishop Larry Silva
    September 29, 2019

    St. Michael Church, Waialua (Parish Feast Day) We live in an age of what some call “scientism.” It is the belief that all things that we can know must be known scientifically. So when a couple falls in love, we might speak of the brain waves that cause their attraction, the chemicals that are activated in their brains that causes them such excitement to be in one another’s presence, or the change in blood pressure or heart r...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 26th Sunday Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    September 28, 2019

    [Saints Peter and Paul Church, Honolulu (50th Anniversary of Parish)] We are all very painfully aware of a host of Lazaruses at our doorstep.  We can hardly walk or drive anywhere in town without seeing homeless individuals or a homeless encampment.  We may have various reactions to this situation, but I do think we are all concerned in one way or another.  I am actually very impressed with how many people are reaching out to t...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    September 15, 2019

    [Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Wahiawa (Parish Patronal Feast Day)] “Drop dead, Dad!”  Can you imagine the tremendous hurt involved for a father to hear these words from his son?  Maybe they could be glossed over if they were said in the heat of anger, but even then it would be difficult.  But when they are said with planning and forethought, they are like plunging a dagger into a father’s heart.  Yet that ...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    August 18, 2019

    [St. Damien of Molokai Church, Kaunakakai (Confirmation and First Holy Communion)] These days if you go to a restaurant or a hotel, you can check on what others have said about it.  Is it clean?  Is the service good, poor, or just mediocre?  What is the quality of the food?  And while opinions differ, I doubt if anyone ever says, “This place sounds pretty mediocre, so let’s go there.”  No, we at leas...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    August 11, 2019

    [St. Theresa Church, Kekaha (Confirmation/First Communion; Pastor Installation), Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Pearl City (Pastor Installation)] If I came to this church, and the missal from which I read the prayers was not here, someone would probably rush into the sacristy to retrieve it, then you would have to wait as we rummaged around it to find the right pages.  If I go down to receive the bread and wine, and someone forgot to p...

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