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  • Bishop's Easter Message

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 21, 2019

    The emptiness of a woman whose beloved husband died is deeply painful. The emptiness of an elderly person in a nursing care facility who has no one to visit him causes more suffering than his many physical ailments. The emptiness of a man addicted to pornography grows ever more burdensome, since the more he tries to satisfy his insatiable lust with these images, the emptier he feels. The emptiness of a heart without love is almost like b...

  • Bishop's Homily for Good Friday Celebration of the Lord's Passion

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 19, 2019

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu] If Jesus died to take away our sins, why is there still so much sin in our lives?  It cannot be denied that we still put other gods before the true and living God who became a man in the person of Jesus Christ.  Sometimes we make ourselves gods.  Sometimes we treat money or prestige as gods.  It cannot be denied that we often take God’s name in vain.  Yes, we still hear th...

  • Bishop's Homily for Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 18, 2019

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] Wondrous.  Awesome.  Sublime.  Inspiring.  These are all words we have heard this week to describe the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, as we were saddened and shocked by the devastating fire that burned there just a few days ago.  Yes, it is a World Heritage Site, a monument to the genius of Medieval architecture, and a symbol of enduring faith that has stood at th...

  • Bishop's Homily for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 14, 2019

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu] Jump on the bandwagon!  Go along with the crowd! I recently read of a town that has had an epidemic of teen suicides, one copy-catting another and causing immeasurable suffering for the rest of the community.  How many young people turn to drugs and alcohol or self-destructive sexual practices because “everybody is doing it?”  I recall a person who is now very pro-life who wa...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 07, 2019

    [St. Joseph Church, Makawao] An old friend of mine told me this true story about himself.  He was married and had two children.  But he was a drug addict, and, as you can imagine, his life was quite chaotic.  He would constantly have fights with his wife, and he emotionally abused his children.  He spent the family’s money on drugs rather than on the necessities of life.  One day, he los...

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