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  • Bishop's Homily for Trinity Sunday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    June 07, 2020

    [St. John the Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani (Blessing of Altar and Reliquaries)] This week I received an email telling me that I would be derelict in my duties if I did not publicly denounce the evils of President Trump.  Hours later I received a letter telling me I would be derelict in my duties if I did not publicly denounce the evils of the Democratic Party.  I received an email telling me I would have a special place...

  • Bishop's Homily for Pentecost Sunday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 31, 2020

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu (with celebration of sacraments of initiation for the Elect)] I have been amazed over the past couple of months how something that cannot even be seen is having a profound effect all over the world, among every people of every language.  It has affected home life, life in the Church, the economy.  Our responses to it have been the source of much controversy, yet no matter what anyon...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Ascension of the Lord

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 24, 2020

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu (private; live-streamed)] I would like to reflect today on the sufferings of heaven. If what I just said jolted you or made you squint with that “What?!” look, I can understand.  As we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord into heaven, we often think of heaven as a place of pure bliss, of everlasting joy and happiness, where there are no tears or pain, no crying out, and no su...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 17, 2020

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu (private; live-streamed)] If you love me, you will do what I say! If we heard these words from an acquaintance, a friend or a family member, red flags would immediately start waving in our minds.  They sound very manipulative, self-centered and controlling.  In fact, some variation of this “If you love me, you will do what I say” concept actually is used to manipulate p...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 10, 2020

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu (private; live-streamed)] If this were not a Sunday, today we would be celebrating the feast day of St. Damien of Molokai.  Eleven years ago at this time, we in the Diocese of Honolulu were diligently preparing for the canonization of Father Damien.  One of the people who was at the center of these preparations was Audrey Toguchi.  For those who do not know, several years befor...

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