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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 14, 2021

    [St. Catherine Church, Kapaa] When the reading from Leviticus was read three years ago, as it is on a three-year cycle, the concept of “unclean” was much more theoretical than it is today, and the idea of “muffling the beard” has also taken on a new meaning during this pandemic as we wear our masks and face shields.  “Dwelling apart” was also a theoretical concept, but no more!  We now know very w...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 07, 2021

    [St. Pius X Church, Manoa] I am fascinated with the Spanish word for “teach”:  enseñar.  It literally means “to put into signs” and is related to the word “insignia.”  We all know that a teaching is best received when it is most concrete, when examples of it can be given; in short, when it can be accompanied by signs.  As we see the healing miracles and the casting out of demons, ...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 31, 2021

    [St. John the Baptist Church, Kalihi] About a week ago there was a tense drama at the Chancery Office that reminded me of today’s Gospel.  A man who had severe mental problems came in and started screaming obscenities at the receptionist and tried to kick open the office door.  He was on the first floor and could be heard on the eighth floor.  It was like this man in the synagogue who, all of a sudden, started screaming w...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Mass for the Protection of Life

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 21, 2021

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu] It is always puzzling to many of us how issues of life and death can be so convoluted these days.  There is such unbelievable confusion with regard to these issues that good people who want to do the right thing can easily be led astray.  There are those who demonize people who are pro-life, but there are also people who demonize those who have a so-called “pro-Choice” persuasion.&...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 10, 2021

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace] You will become God.  You will become divine. You might think of what I just said as blasphemy or as some kind of New-Age thinking.  But in the last days of Advent and the days of the Christmas season as I read the Office of Readings, the official Liturgy of the Hours of our Church, I was amazed at how many of the revered Church Fathers put forth this notion.  It is even affirmed in th...

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