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  • Bishop's Homily for the Most Holy Body & Blood of Jesus Christ

    Bishop Larry Silva
    June 18, 2017

    [St. Anthony Church, Reedley, California] Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Jesus could touch our loved ones who are suffering from cancer or some other life-threatening disease and heal them? Wouldn’t we rejoice if Jesus could come and bring hope to all people who are despairing and who in their despair turn instead to drugs, alcohol or pornography in a desperate attempt to fill the gaping hole in their hearts? Wouldn’t it be so ...

  • Homily for the Most Holy Trinity

    Bishop Larry Silva
    June 11, 2017

    Trinity Sunday, Year A – June 10, 2017[St. Rita Church, Nanakuli (Confirmation)] I was once in Jerusalem and was shopping for gifts to take back home.  I went into a shop that sold icons, and I found one of the Trinity, so I bought it.  The shopkeeper, who was Muslim, said, “That’s the Trinity,” and seeing that I was a priest, he asked, “What’s the Trinity?”  I looked at my watch and sa...

  • Homily for The Solemnity of Pentecost

    Bishop Larry Silva
    June 04, 2017

    The Solemnity of Pentecost, Year A - June 3-4, 2017 [Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Ewa Beach (Confirmation); Holy Ghost Mission, Kula (Confirmation and Holy Ghost Festa); Christ the King Church, Kahului (Spanish Confirmation)] Strong driving winds can be very destructive.  Just this week, a bishop in Florida issued a prayer for protection during the hurricane season.  Fire, too, can be extremely dangerous, and many have lost t...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Ascension of the Lord

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 28, 2017

    Ascension of the Lord, Year A – May 27/28, 2017[St. Mary Church, Hana (Confirmation at 9:00 a.m. Mass); St. Peter Mission, Puuiki] I remember how disappointed I was the first time I ordered a teriyaki steak at a restaurant.  The steak was good, but it was only glazed over with teriyaki sauce, while I had been accustomed to the ones my mother would make, in which she marinated the steak for at least 24 hours in the teriyaki sauce.&n...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 21, 2017

    Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A – May 20/21, 2017[Confirmation at: Holy Cross Church, Kalaheo; Immaculate Conception Church, Lihue; St. Raphael Church, Koloa; St. Catherine Church, Kapaa] What miracles will you perform?  You might ask, “Who, me?!”  Yes, you! Philip performed some miracles because he was a disciple of Jesus filled with the Holy Spirit.    There is no less power in the Holy Spirit now t...

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