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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    September 11, 2022

    [St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Kaneohe (Institution of Acolytes for Deacon Candidates); Newman Center/Holy Spirit Parish, Manoa (40th Anniversary)] Have you ever been so angry that you were beside yourself? So upset about some situation that you just wanted to blast someone to smithereens? So enraged about some injustice that you wanted to wring some necks? If so, you are in good company. Our reading from Exodus makes it clear that even God fe...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    September 04, 2022

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] Did you know that some people consider the Catholic Church a hate group?  Did you know that there has been an alarming increase in vandalism against Catholic churches in the past several years?  One of our priests recently mentioned that he had attended a classmate’s ordination at the Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, and that after Mass people were shocked to find that the wind...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    August 28, 2022

    [St. Joseph Church, Hilo (Consecration of Diocesan Hermits: Sister Ursula Kuiee and Sister Avia Montoya)] Today, Avia and Ursula, you are the center of attention.  This liturgy of consecration we are celebrating here has you as the protagonists, the focal points, the stars.  Of course, we rejoice with you and congratulate you on this day of the fulfillment of your long-awaited dream.  But we know you are here precisely because ...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    August 21, 2022

    [Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Pearl City (with blessing of new reconciliation room)] Inclusion and diversity seem to be on everyone’s minds today.  Universities and businesses now often have an “Inclusion and Diversity Department.  This can be a good thing, even for our Church, because it is always good for us to notice who is not with us and to reach out to them.  Do we exclude certain ethnic groups from our ac...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    August 14, 2022

    [St. John Vianney Church, Kailua (60th Anniversary of the Parish)] “Don’t play with fire!”  This is what the world tells us from our earliest days, and, in a real sense, it is a life-saving teaching.  How many wild fires – fires that destroy forests, wildlife and homes – were started by someone who was careless with just a little spark of fire?  Earlier this week we celebrated the feast of St. Lawr...

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