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  • Bishop's Homily for the First Sunday in Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 28, 2021

    [Christ the King Church, Kahului; St. Joseph Church, Makawao (Confirmation & First Communion)] The first people who came to these Hawaiian Islands came from other Pacific islands.  They navigated by the stars, paying close attention to their movements throughout the seasons of the year.  They also knew how to read the winds and the ocean currents, because they were very attuned to these natural phenomena.  Sometimes there w...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 07, 2021

    [St. Anthony of Padua Church, Kailua] Ah, the perfect opportunity to talk about money!  Specifically giving money to the church!  This Gospel about the widow’s stewardship is the perfect way to introduce this important topic.  So I hate to disappoint you, but I want to talk about something else today, because I am already very grateful to you for all you do to support not only your parish but your diocesan church. Both w...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 31, 2021

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu; Holy Spirit Parish/Newman Center, Manoa] The ancients believed that sacrifices were to be offered to appease angry gods.  If the crops failed or there was a drought or pestilence, one would offer sacrifice to atone for whatever it was the gods were angry about that caused them to punish people.  When there were wars to be fought over disputed territory, sacrifices were offered to w...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 24, 2021

    [St. Raymond Church, Dublin, California] I don’t want to see! This, of course, is the opposite of what the blind man said in today’s Gospel.  He said, “I want to see!”  But how often do we, in effect, say that we do not want to see? I drive by a homeless encampment, and while I see perhaps a tent or a shopping cart, I may not see the real people who live there.  I may not want to see what brought them ...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Twenty-Nineth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 17, 2021

    [St. Stephen Diocesan Center Chapel, Kaneohe; Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] Now that most of us are so dependent on our computers, ransomware is a new crime we have to deal with.  Someone hacks into your computer and holds your personal information hostage, then demands a high monetary payment to just walk away and leave you alone; or else your hard work that is stored on your computer is gone in an instant.  It...

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