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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    September 13, 2020

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu (Confirmation and First Communion)] I doubt if there is a single person in this church who has never been offended by someone else.  Sometimes the offense may be trivial, but sometimes it can be very deeply hurtful, something that may even change a person’s life.  We have all been beaten up in some way by others, a few physically, but all of us emotionally by a cruel word or j...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    August 23, 2020

    [St. Pius X Church, Manoa] Lockdown. We all understand what that word means now.  We stay home and forego the normal things we do in life.  Restaurants are closed for all but take-out.  Schools operate, but only on-line and not in-person.  We work virtually from home or we do not work at all.  Houses of worship are closed, and we can only worship together by logging into a website.  Unfortunately, these are not j...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    August 16, 2020

    [Our Lady of the Mount Church, Kalihi (150th Anniversary of Parish); Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu (177th Anniversary of Dedication)] I have great respect for the Knights of Columbus and all they do to bring the Good News of Jesus alive in our community.  I must confess, however, that my first opinion of them was not so good.  When I was a seminarian working at a parish on weekends, a Knight approached me and ask...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    August 02, 2020

    [Carmelite Convent, Kaneohe; St. Philomena Church, Honolulu (Initiation of Elect and Confirmation of Youth of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam)] The parents of a young man had never told him of their love for him, and the young man hungered so much for acceptance that he did all kinds of bizarre and even self-destructive things to try to satisfy his hunger. A young woman thirsted for intimacy with others so much that she gave herself sexually ...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    July 26, 2020

    [St. Anthony Retreat Center, Kalihi (50th Anniversary of the Hawaii Catholic Charismatic Renewal)] I have to admit that I would be hard-pressed to know the difference between a pearl of great value and a K-Mart pearl.  While I am sure some people here may have a discerning eye to tell one from another, it is not a trait that I have developed – or intend to develop.  Of course, Jesus, in mentioning pearls, is not really talking...

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