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  • Bishop's Homily for Trinity Sunday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    June 12, 2022

    [St. Joseph Church, Makawao] Some years ago I led a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  I was shopping for a gift at an icon shop, and I selected the icon I wanted.  The shopkeeper was a Muslim, and he could see I was a priest, so he said to me, “That one is the Holy Trinity.  What’s the Holy Trinity?”  I only had a couple of minutes before the bus was leaving, so I knew my answer had to be quick.  I said,...

  • Bishop's Homily for Pentecost Sunday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    June 05, 2022

    [St. Theresa Church, Kihei (Confirmation & First Holy Communion); St. Anthony Church, Wailuku (Confirmation & First Holy Communion)] If we go to a game, we expect more from the cheerleaders than (drolly) “Go team, go.”  We expect them to be on fire, because then they fire up the fans, who fire up the players, and the players are more motivated to win the game. Today you are being the same fire that fell upon the Bles...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 01, 2022

    [Sacred Heart Church, Punahou; Our Lady of the Mount Church, Kalihi; Holy Family Church, Honolulu (Confirmations and First Communions)] We all know what nagging is.  If you want something, and whoever has it does not immediately give it to you, you keep asking and asking and asking until you get an answer – hopefully the answer you want!  (Do your homework.  Do your homework!  I said, do your homework! Or Go to bed!&...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 24, 2022

    [St. Augustine Church, Waikiki (Confirmation & First Communion); Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (Confirmation & First Communion); St. Roch Church, Kahuku (Confirmation & First Communion)] Martin Luther King, Jr. was a hero we remember with a national holiday because of his heroic work to bring racial justice to our country.  Presidents’ Day honors President Abraham Lincoln, who was most noted for ending slavery...

  • Bishop's Homily for Easter Sunday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 17, 2022

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu / Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu] There were many trees in the Garden of Eden, but two are given special attention in the Bible.  One tree was handsome, pleasing to the eye, and very attractive, but its fruit was toxic to the point of death.  Because of this, God forbade Adam and Eve to eat the fruit of this tree, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  The other t...

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