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  • Bishop's Homily for the Solemnity of All Saints

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 01, 2020

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] I recall a man rummaging through a garbage can with a homeless person, not because this man needed what was in the garbage can himself, but simply as a way of showing his care for the homeless man.  Blessed are the poor in spirit! A woman suffered a very deep pain in her heart when her husband died.  She would not have suffered so great a grief if she had not taken the risk to lov...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 25, 2020

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] When I was a priest in the Oakland Diocese, there was a priest from San Jose who was very well known throughout the Bay Area for his dedication to issues of social justice, the late Monsignor Eugene Boyle.  If there were racial tension in a city, the mayor would often call him to mediate between parties.  If laborers were being treated unjustly, he would speak out for their rights ...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 18, 2020

    St. Stephen Diocesan Center (Bishop’s Circle Donor Mass; St. Roch Church, Kahuku (Confirmation & First Communion)] Aren’t there enough demons loose in the world without our creating more of them?  Yes, we have many real demons, manifestations of the Father of Lies and the Prince of Darkness.  There is the demon that convinces us that we have a right to end the life of another human being – or even our own --, i...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 04, 2020

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] Could God have given us a more beautiful vineyard?  When we look at the deep blue ocean that surrounds us, we are moved by its beauty and its power; and we can only imagine the thousands of spectacular creatures that live beneath its surface.  If we look at the mountains, the pali, and the contours of our islands, we can imagine how they were formed with the mighty power of volcano...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    September 20, 2020

    [St. Ann Church, Kaneohe] Recently I was speaking to a young adult who is a man of great faith with a desire to serve in his parish.  He recounted to me how some of the elders in the parish say they want new people involved and talk about the importance of having young people in the church, but often the young people are given the subtle or not-so-subtle message, “We have been doing it this way for decades, and we really don’...

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