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  • Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 06, 2020

    [Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, Kula (80th anniversary of the parish)] The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God. How does one begin a Gospel?  When Mark wrote those words, he wrote them for those who had not yet heard of Jesus Christ so that they could come to know this person he had come to know and love.  Of course, we hear them now, even though we have heard those words for ages.  But are there not many ...

  • Bishop's Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 29, 2020

    [St. Joseph Church, Waipahu] Relax.  Chill.  Do nothing.  Wait. How difficult it is for most of us to do so many of these things, when we are programmed to take charge, to forge our own destinies, to get involved, and to be engaged.  None of these things is bad, of course, but if we are always active without taking the time to be contemplative, or always feel we have to say or do something rather than simply watch and wai...

  • Bishop's Homily for Thanksgiving Day

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 26, 2020

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, downtown Honolulu] I wonder if this good Samaritan we hear about in the Gospel gave thanks for his leprosy?  Of course, we do not normally think of giving thanks to God for diseases and misfortunes.  It is hard enough to be grateful for the many good things we receive.  But if it were not for his leprosy, this person from Samaria would never have known Jesus.  It was because of his...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 22, 2020

    [Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Pearl City] What a mess we are in!  One of the most contentious presidential elections in our history is almost three weeks behind us, and many are saying it is not over yet, while others are saying, “Get over it!”  Some have been saying for four years now, “Trump is not my President!”, while some are now saying “Biden will never be my President!”  We are all...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 08, 2020

    [Benedictine Monastery of Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, Waialua] In college, I remember one classmate who stayed up all night to study for a test.  He felt he was very well prepared for the test.  But he fell asleep at his desk in the middle of the test and failed it.  Here “keep your eyes open” took on a different meaning.  He kept his eyes open during the night, but ran out of oil during the test, because ...

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