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  • Homily for the Solemnity of Pentecost

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 20, 2018

    [Immaculate Conception Church, Ewa (Confirmation)Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Honolulu (Confirmation);Newman Center/Holy Spirit Parish (Confirmation)] Thunderous sounds and strong winds.  Tongues of fire.  Recreating the face of the earth.  Changing lives.  All of these terms could very well refer to the volcanic eruptions taking place even as we speak on the Island of Hawaii.  Of course we know that the world renown...

  • Homily for the Ascension of the Lord

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 13, 2018

    [St. Ann Church, Kaneohe (Confirmation); St. Philomena Church, Honolulu (Confirmation)] Don’t play with fire!  And don’t play with sharp knives! This is good advice that parents give to their little children, and it is good advice for all of us.  Playing with fire can be dangerous to life and property, and playing with sharp knives is not usually good for our health either.  However, I notice signs around town for ...

  • Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    May 06, 2018

    [Sacred Heart Church, Pahoa (Confirmation)] I remember a nun telling the story about her travels that involved a change of planes in India.  The original flight was delayed, so she missed her connecting flight.  It was late at night, and she had no money to speak of and no credit card.  She knew no one there, and the next flight to her destination would be about 24 hours from then.  As she stood in the airport, obviously l...

  • Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 22, 2018

    [Holy Rosary Church, Paia (Confirmation)] The gospel we just heard is obviously biased against wolves.  Wolves are clearly the villains in this story of the Good Shepherd.  But aren’t wolves God’s creatures?  Didn’t God make them as carnivores and give them the instinct of hunting for their food?  So why are we so down on them when they lick their chops at the sight of a tasty lamb?  Why does the goo...

  • Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 15, 2018

    [St. Anthony Church, Wailuku (Confirmation)] Sometimes I wonder if we really want Jesus to be risen from the dead.  Yes, it’s nice to get together and sing these beautiful songs of Easter, to belt out our “Alleluias,” to see the beautiful decorations in the church, and to celebrate the joy of Easter in other ways; but once we leave this place, do we actually, in effect, lock Jesus back in the tomb and roll the stone ac...

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