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  • Bishop's Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 09, 2021

    [Holy Family Church, Honolulu (Confirmation & First Holy Communion)] What a blessing it is to be able to celebrate your Confirmation and First Holy Communion on Mothers Day!  (I also received my Confirmation and First Holy Communion on Mothers Day, but on two separate days – in the last century!)  Mothers are very special people, because when we think of a mother, we almost always think of love.  All they do for us pe...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 02, 2021

    [St. John the Baptist Church, Kalihi; Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Ewa Beach (Confirmation & First Communion)] Have you ever been bullied?  You know how terrifying that is.  This person is constantly harassing you and putting you down, and you feel powerless to do anything about it.  You are very much afraid of the bully.  But then imagine that the bully suddenly wants to be your friend, treats you nicely and tri...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 25, 2021

    [Sacred Heart Church, Punahou; Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Waialae-Kahala (Confirmation & First Communion)] Children often ask me why I carry this staff.  I carry it because I am the chief pastor of this local church that is called a diocese, and “pastor” means “shepherd.”  This is a shepherd’s staff, and very often you will see pictures of shepherds with staffs.  They are very handy tools, b...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 18, 2021

    [St. George Church, Waimanalo (Confirmation & First Communion)] Do you ever think you are in a time machine?  A time machine can take you back to any time in history you choose and help you live in that time – as long as you are in the machine.  Or it can even take you to a future time so that you can be there – as long as you are in the machine.  This is an interesting concept, but we know it is science fiction...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 11, 2021

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu (Confirmation & First Communion)] Imagine the shock; the jaws dropped to the ground; the eyes bulging while the brain is trying to process what they are seeing but thus far know to be impossible; the pounding hearts that are jolted as if by lightning.  I imagine these must have been the reactions of the apostles when Jesus suddenly came through the locked doors and stood right in fro...

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