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  • Bishop's Homily for Diocesan Stewardship Day 2020

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 08, 2020

    [Resurrection of the Lord Church, Waipio] Here we are around the midpoint between the Christmas season and Lent.  At Christmas we think of gifts being given, and especially the greatest gift of all, the gift of God becoming man in the person of Jesus.  During Lent we think of sacrifice, especially the greatest sacrifice ever made, when Jesus, the Lamb of God, offered himself on the cross to take away our sins.  One is a joyful ...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 12, 2020

    [St. Anthony Church, Kailua (Reception into Catholic Church, Confirmation & First Communion); St. Ann Church, Kaneohe (Rite of Admission to Candidacy for the Diaconate)] It had to be the most polluted river in the world. Many years before a Syrian general with leprosy bathed in the Jordan seven times, and that dread disease of leprosy was washed away into the river.  During John the Baptist’s time a repentant adulterer was plu...

  • Bishop's Christmas Message for 2019

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 25, 2019

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu] In 1988, when I was a pastor of a parish in Oakland, my very dear friend was looking for the woman of his dreams.  I told him that we had a very nice second grade teacher in our parish school and asked if he would like to meet her.  To make a long story short, they have now been happily married for thirty years and have three adult sons.  ...

  • Bishop's Homily for Christmas Day

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 25, 2019

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu] In 1988, when I was a pastor of a parish in Oakland, my very dear friend was looking for the woman of his dreams.  I told him that we had a very nice second grade teacher in our parish school and asked if he would like to meet her.  To make a long story short, they have now been happily married for thirty years and have three adult sons.  ...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 22, 2019

    [St. John the Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani; St. Joseph Church, Waipahu (with Adult Confirmations)] As you may know, only two of the four gospels say anything about the infancy and childhood of Jesus -- Matthew and Luke.  Luke is by far the more romantic, speaking of dialogues with angels, angel choirs, and the scene that we have certainly romanticized of the baby Jesus lying in the manger.  While Luke is also a realist,...

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