Celebrating our Faith during COVID-19

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  • Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 22, 2020

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (live-streamed in light of Covid-19 shutdown)] It is absolutely amazing that a virus we cannot even see can bring the whole world to a halt! We are here in the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu, and the church is relatively empty, with the exception of liturgical ministers and the Elect of the Cathedral Parish and their sponsors.  The rest of the hundreds of people who ...

  • Prayer for the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 12, 2020

    DIOCESE OF HONOLULU PRAYER FOR THE COVID-19 CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC [by Bishop Larry Silva; March 12, 2020] Dear God of all the living, you sent your Son Jesus to heal us from illness and sin. We turn to his healing power in this time of anxiety over the pandemic of this potentially deadly virus. St. Damien and St. Marianne Cope dedicated their lives to service of those who had an infectious disease. St. Marianne Cope said, “I am not a...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 08, 2020

    [Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Fremont, California] What are you enslaved to? We could all make our own lists, but people are often enslaved to pornography, which in fact empties them and exploits other people, and can be a great threat to marriages and family life.  Others are enslaved to gossip and simply cannot resist sharing when they hear of some juicy story about someone else’s life.  Others are addicted to drugs or alc...

  • Bishop's Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 01, 2020

    [Carmelite Convent, Kaneohe; Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu (Rite of Election)] If you want to successfully complete a journey, you must know what your final destination is and how to get there. This may seem like a no-brainer statement, but we can often ignore this basic rule, are waylaid, and end up completely lost.  If this is true with a geographic journey, it is certainly true for our spiritual journey. As Adam and Eve stro...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 09, 2020

    [St. John the Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani (with Marriage Convalidations); St. John Vianney Church, Kailua] Some years ago, my grandmother was dying of congestive heart failure.  She was in and out of the hospital, and she was not allowed to eat any salt, so she hated the food.  The staff told us that she found it so distasteful that she refused to eat when she was alone.  However, they noticed that when a member o...

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