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  • Bishop's Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 02, 2021

    [St. John the Baptist Church, Kalihi; Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Ewa Beach (Confirmation & First Communion)] Have you ever been bullied?  You know how terrifying that is.  This person is constantly harassing you and putting you down, and you feel powerless to do anything about it.  You are very much afraid of the bully.  But then imagine that the bully suddenly wants to be your friend, treats you nicely and tri...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 25, 2021

    [Sacred Heart Church, Punahou; Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Waialae-Kahala (Confirmation & First Communion)] Children often ask me why I carry this staff.  I carry it because I am the chief pastor of this local church that is called a diocese, and “pastor” means “shepherd.”  This is a shepherd’s staff, and very often you will see pictures of shepherds with staffs.  They are very handy tools, b...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 18, 2021

    [St. George Church, Waimanalo (Confirmation & First Communion)] Do you ever think you are in a time machine?  A time machine can take you back to any time in history you choose and help you live in that time – as long as you are in the machine.  Or it can even take you to a future time so that you can be there – as long as you are in the machine.  This is an interesting concept, but we know it is science fiction...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 11, 2021

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu (Confirmation & First Communion)] Imagine the shock; the jaws dropped to the ground; the eyes bulging while the brain is trying to process what they are seeing but thus far know to be impossible; the pounding hearts that are jolted as if by lightning.  I imagine these must have been the reactions of the apostles when Jesus suddenly came through the locked doors and stood right in fro...

  • Bishop's Homily for Easter Sunday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 04, 2021

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa; Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace] Is the tomb of Jesus still empty, or have we just upgraded it to a much better version? Of course we are here to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, the greatest event in the history of the world.  No other has touched more people, over a greater amount of time, to strengthen them in their sufferings and sorrows and to give them joy throughout their li...

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