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  • Bishop's Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 06, 2022

    [St. Anthony Church, Wailuku (Rite of Election); Christ the King Church, Kahului; Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu (Rite of Election)] Sign me up!  So says the enthusiastic young woman as she joins the Marines.  Soon after she reports for duty, however, she goes through one of the most grueling, humiliating, and demanding experiences of her life called basic training.  Many times she is tempted to throw in the towel, to qu...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 13, 2022

    [St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Kaneohe (Institution as Lectors of Deacon Candidates)] When I was Director of Vocations in the Diocese of Oakland, I was in residence at St. Anthony Church in East Oakland.  I was not in charge there, but I did have the privilege of getting to know the people.  Some years later I returned there as pastor, and at one of my first Masses there a woman who had been a lector for quite a while.  She read...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 06, 2022

    [Mystical Rose Oratory at Chaminade University of Honolulu] The teenaged son of my best friend noticed that one of his classmates was depressed, and he found out that his classmate had a very difficult family situation and sometimes felt like ending it all.  This young man invited his classmate to hang out with his family, sharing meals, hikes, playing cards and watching TV.  The influence of this family that was not perfect but was...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 30, 2022

    [St. Anthony of Padua Church, Kailua (Pastor Installation)] Who do you think you are? That was the message that the people of Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth delivered to him in no uncertain terms – by trying to throw him off a cliff!  This hometown boy, the son of Joseph the carpenter, had the audacity to challenge the faith of the people of Israel to point out the truth that they had chosen to ignore – that God worked hi...

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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 23, 2022

    [Resurrection of the Lord Church, Waipio (Installation of Pastor); Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] St. Francis of Assisi is often quoted as saying, “Preach the Gospel always.  If necessary, use words.”  He certainly preached the Gospel with words, but he is best known for his joyful service to the poor and the outcast.  He went and announced the Gospel with his life, as we are all urged to do as w...

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