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  • Bishop's Homily for the Easter Vigil

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 11, 2020

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (private; live-streamed)] At least half the movies we see involve a wild chase scene.  The “good guys” pursue the “bad guys”, or vice-versa.  The scenes are truly amazing, and although we can usually predict who will win, time after time they bring us to the edges of our seats.  There is a pursuit as if nothing else matters.  The cars, or chariots, or spacesh...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 10, 2020

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu (Private; live-streamed.)] A friend of mine told this story about himself on a Cursillo weekend I worked with him. He was a married man with two children.  He had always been a practicing Catholic, but he was no saint.  He had a huge problem with his temper and would often verbally abuse his wife and children, especially after he had too much to drink, which was quite often.  ...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 09, 2020

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (private; live-streamed)] They were locked down while the angel of death went about doing his grisly deed.  They were celebrating a sacred rite in a way they had never celebrated before.  They were eating the flesh of an unblemished lamb, not knowing that many centuries later there would be another sacrificial Lamb that their progeny would feast upon for a much greater celebration of liberati...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 05, 2020

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu (private; live-streamed)] Sometimes God takes a long time to fulfill his promises – but he always does! I think this reality can be a comfort to us as we want the Lord to put an end to the devastation this coronavirus has already wrought, and to do so NOW. Yet for another week, and who knows how long after that, we isolate ourselves in a communal effort to bring down the curve of infec...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 29, 2020

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (Private Mass, due to Covid-19 pandemic; live-streamed)] Do you feel like you are in a tomb right now?  The freedom we enjoy to go where we please when we please has been strictly curtailed by an act of solidarity that forces us to work actively to lower the curve of infection of the coronavirus.  For what we hope is a short time most Catholics have no access to the Bread of Life, but must se...

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