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  • Homily for the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    July 08, 2018

    [Immaculate Conception Church, Lihue] Who do you think you are? These are words we often hear when someone is acting arrogantly, as if they are better than we are, when we know very well they are just normal people.  When one steps beyond their bounds to correct someone or to call attention to a fault, these words can often be our reaction to that person.  Who do you think you are? Yet our readings today challenge us to rethink wh...

  • Homily for the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    July 01, 2018

    [Samoan Catholic Community – at St. Anthony Church, Kalihi] There is an opioid epidemic that very much concerns health officials.  These are prescription pain killers that people have become addicted to.  There is a spike in teen suicides, and some of our youth are finding life so difficult that they just decide it is easier to check out.  There are addictions to electronic screens, and particularly to pornography, by whi...

  • Homily for the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

    Bishop Larry Silva
    June 24, 2018

    [St. Augustine Church, Waikiki] Could your being here today be a part of God's eternal plan for you? I have heard of many people who have met their spouses in church, and God's plan for them in marriage was fulfilled just by a chance meeting.  I am aware that the vocation to the priesthood of Pope Francis was sparked by a particular visit to his parish church when he was a young man.  I have heard of people who were not very involv...

  • Homily for the 10th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    June 10, 2018

    [Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Downey, California]  Do you remember who you are?  Unfortunately, there are those who, because of an illness, do not remember much about who they are and their connections to other people.  I recall a priest whose father lived with him when he had Alzheimer’s, and one day at breakfast the father said to the son, “You know, I have a son who is a priest, but I never see him.”...

  • Bishop's Homily for Trinity Sunday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 26, 2018

    [Holy Trinity Church, Honolulu (Confirmation)]  Does a fish know that it lives in water?  It probably becomes aware of the fact that it does when it suddenly is taken out of the water and it has to gasp for breath.  Are we aware that we live in an atmosphere of air?  We probably do not think about it much unless the air is filled with vog or something goes wrong with our respiratory system.  It is almost a natural thi...

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