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  • Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 01, 2022

    [Sacred Heart Church, Punahou; Our Lady of the Mount Church, Kalihi; Holy Family Church, Honolulu (Confirmations and First Communions)] We all know what nagging is.  If you want something, and whoever has it does not immediately give it to you, you keep asking and asking and asking until you get an answer – hopefully the answer you want!  (Do your homework.  Do your homework!  I said, do your homework! Or Go to bed!&...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 24, 2022

    [St. Augustine Church, Waikiki (Confirmation & First Communion); Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (Confirmation & First Communion); St. Roch Church, Kahuku (Confirmation & First Communion)] Martin Luther King, Jr. was a hero we remember with a national holiday because of his heroic work to bring racial justice to our country.  Presidents’ Day honors President Abraham Lincoln, who was most noted for ending slavery...

  • Bishop's Homily for Easter Sunday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 17, 2022

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu / Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu] There were many trees in the Garden of Eden, but two are given special attention in the Bible.  One tree was handsome, pleasing to the eye, and very attractive, but its fruit was toxic to the point of death.  Because of this, God forbade Adam and Eve to eat the fruit of this tree, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  The other t...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 10, 2022

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] This Friday, April 15, is the anniversary of the death of Father Damien, who, as we know, was ordained a priest in this very Cathedral.  As he was lying in state before his Funeral Mass, I imagine all the people he served filing by to pay their respects to this man who laid down his very life for them.  You could imagine Damien saying, as each one passed by, “This is my body,...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 03, 2022

    [Holy Cross Church, Kalaheo; St. Catherine Church, Kapaa (Confirmation & First Communion] Maybe he drew a picture of a tower.  Maybe he wrote a number, like 7,831.  Maybe he drew a half-moon with a star over it.  We really do not know what Jesus wrote on the ground when this scenario of the woman caught in adultery was presented to him.  Perhaps they all thought he was just ignoring them and writing non-sense on the gr...

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