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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    July 12, 2020

    [St. Mary Church, Hana; Maria Lanakila Church, Lahaina; Holy Rosary Church, Paia (Pastor Installations)] As I drive around Maui I notice it is significantly different than it was several years ago.  Back then you would see sugar cane growing everywhere.  Now, however, not only is the sugar cane gone, but most of the land seems to be unused for any other kind of crop.  No one has sown any seed, and so it is quite barren. This r...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    July 05, 2020

    [St. Patrick Church, Kaimuki (Pastor Installation); Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] I remember going to a workshop once in which a nationally known religious leader gave the keynote. This person has written many books and articles and was sought after for speaking engagements throughout the country and the world. She gave an extremely stimulating talk about prophecy – speaking God’s word in the midst of a people...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    June 28, 2020

    [St. John the Baptist Church, Kalihi (Parish Visitation)] I am sure we would be surprised if we went to a wedding and the groom made these vows: ”I take you for my wife, for better, for richer, in health, until I decide otherwise.”  We would know that something essential was missing.  What about “or for worse,” “or for poorer,” “in sickness” and “until death do us part”?&nb...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    June 21, 2020

    [St. Theresa Church, Mountain View (Confirmation/First Communion; Pastor Installation)] We talk about it a lot, but we Catholics are not very good at it.  We say it is the reason why our Church exists, but we who are members of the Church often hold it as one of life’s great secrets.  I am speaking about evangelization; about actively sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with others who do not yet know him.  I cannot tel...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

    Bishop Larry Silva
    June 14, 2020

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu (with initiation of Elect)] “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen; nobody knows but Jesus.” These words of a familiar spiritual song come to mind as I reflect on the state of our world today.  There are racial tensions in our cities and in our streets.  There is the suffering brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, ranging from loss of work and driving some people deeper int...

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