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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 10, 2022

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] This Friday, April 15, is the anniversary of the death of Father Damien, who, as we know, was ordained a priest in this very Cathedral.  As he was lying in state before his Funeral Mass, I imagine all the people he served filing by to pay their respects to this man who laid down his very life for them.  You could imagine Damien saying, as each one passed by, “This is my body,...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 03, 2022

    [Holy Cross Church, Kalaheo; St. Catherine Church, Kapaa (Confirmation & First Communion] Maybe he drew a picture of a tower.  Maybe he wrote a number, like 7,831.  Maybe he drew a half-moon with a star over it.  We really do not know what Jesus wrote on the ground when this scenario of the woman caught in adultery was presented to him.  Perhaps they all thought he was just ignoring them and writing non-sense on the gr...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 27, 2022

    [Sacred Heart Church, Waianae] Perhaps some of you remember the late Father Eli Carter.  He was my classmate in the seminary, and I remember his telling me about how the town of Nanakuli received its name.  It means, “to look at your knees” or “to appear to be deaf.”  It was an extremely poor town, with little fresh water and very little food to spare.  It was customary for the Hawaiian people to of...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 20, 2022

    [St. Ann Church, Kaneohe] Fire is fascinating.  People can sit before a roaring fireplace or a flickering candle and be mesmerized by the fire.  We sometimes see Polynesian fire dances, in which the dancer twirls a flaming torch, and these amaze us.  If you have ever participated in a candle-light procession, there is something that is engaging about hundreds of little flames coming together.  As we look forward to gatheri...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 13, 2022

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu (Scouts Mass); Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Honolulu] “He just wasn’t himself today.”  “She was beside herself with grief.”  These are expressions we use to describe when someone is just out of sorts or not acting properly.  People know when you “are not yourself,” either when you are putting on airs and pretending to be someone you ar...

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