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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 28, 2021

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu] A passionate kiss is much more than a peck on the cheek.  A passionate embrace is more emphatic than a mere hug.  These are romantic terms that conjure up images of two people deeply in love; overcome with love for each other.  In the midst of this kind of passionate love, great music has been composed and beautiful poetry has been written. I do not think it is any mere coincidence that ...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 21, 2021

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (Third Scrutiny)] We all know what a dead end street is, but we use that expression figuratively when we refer to some behavior or pattern we have that will lead us nowhere.  Addictions can often be dead-end streets, because they bury us under tremendous self-destruction, self-hatred, and often the destruction of relationships.  Gossip can be a dead-end street because it shuts in our nobility...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 14, 2021

    [St. Theresa Church, Kihei] Are you born again?  Are you saved?  Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?  I am willing to bet that everyone here has been asked these questions by an evangelical friend.  Perhaps they make us bristle a bit and may even make us a little defensive.  We know we are faithful people and that we love the Lord, so why does someone have to ask us these kinds of questions? Nicodemus was...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 07, 2021

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu; St. Ann Church, Kaneohe] We all know that a temple is a place dedicated to the worship of God.  Jesus, as a devout Jew often went to the Temple in Jerusalem on pilgrimage, as we see he did in today’s Gospel.  But Jesus not only does something radical by cleansing the Temple of the buyers and sellers who were defiling it, but he says something radical by referring to his own b...

  • Bishop's Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 21, 2021

    [St. Catherine Church, Kapaa (Rite of Election); Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu (Rite of Election); Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu (Rite of Election)] Many organizations and many cultures have rites of initiation.  Almost all of them involve some prior study of the organization’s or culture’s basic principles, and some of them have ordeals the initiate needs to endure to prove his suitability to ente...

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