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  • 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...

  • 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...

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