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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    September 12, 2021

    [St. Raphael Church, Koloa (with installation of pastor)] Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize! That is something we are quite accustomed to do these days.  We use hand sanitizer when we enter the church or another building, when we leave it, and maybe a time or two in between.  We sanitize the pews and other surfaces after Mass.  I even had to smile at the Presidential Inauguration last January when, after every speaker or presenter,...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    August 29, 2021

    [St. Philomena Church, Honolulu; Immaculate Conception Church, Ewa] Very often when we have external symptoms like fever, dizziness or loss of appetite, the doctor will order internal tests so that what is going on inside the body can be diagnosed and then treated.  What happens outside is one thing, but often it is merely a symptom of what is happening inside, which can be much more serious. So it was that Jesus confronted the Pharisee...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    August 22, 2021

    [St. Anthony Church, Wailuku (installation of pastor); St. Theresa Church, Kihei (installation of pastor)] It’s shocking! What Jesus teaches is shocking.  Sometimes we hear it so often that it no longer has much of an impact upon us.  Sometimes we are so familiar with it that we either take what he says for granted or, worse, simply choose not to believe it. Jesus said he was the living bread come down from heaven, and that ...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    Bishop Larry Silva
    August 15, 2021

    [St. John the Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani (50th anniversary of the parish and installation of pastor); St. Anthony Church, Papaaloa (installation of pastor of St. Anthony and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Papaikou)] The lost ark.  The Holy Grail.  These are sacred containers about which myths, legends, and movies have been made.  The ark of the covenant was a box that was sacred to the Jewish people, because it contai...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    July 25, 2021

    [St. Anthony Church, Kalihi (Installation of Pastor)] Weeds seem to multiply with amazing speed.  Gossip also has a way of quickly reaching curious ears, sometimes with the story becoming more distorted the more it is told.  Little tiny mole hills of disagreement can grow into huge mountains that damage marriages, family relationships and friendships.  A little spark in a dry forest can turn into a raging inferno that destroys ...

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