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Bishop's Reflections

  • Homily for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 04, 2018

    [Immaculate Conception Church, Lihue (Diocesan Congress of Filipino Catholic Clubs)] Sometimes it only takes one word to change everything.  A hurtful word can destroy a relationship.  A forgiving word can rebuild it.  And it has only taken the change of one word in the first commandment of the Ten Commandments to create the very toxic culture we are experiencing today where there are so many factions, not o...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 28, 2018

    [St. Ann Church, Kaneohe (Diocesan Youth Day); St. Philomena Church, Kalaupapa] Sometimes the blind can see best.  Here is the story of a great crowd following Jesus.  But they seem to be following him because of his celebrity.  They wanted to see him perform some miracle, as if the circus had come into town and the amazing magician might put on a virtuoso performance right before their eyes.  But there was one person in J...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 21, 2018

    [Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam] If someone applied to serve in the military and told the recruiter, “I don’t do grunt work.  I want to be an officer as soon as possible, and I really don’t like taking orders from anyone,” my suspicion is that the recruiter would send this person out the door and urge him or her to try something else.  Anyone who joins the military knows that there is going to be some sufferi...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    September 16, 2018

    [Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Wahiawa]  Put on a happy face!  That seems to be a popular theme for the world we live in today.  Is something going very wrong in your life?  Just smile it away!  Do you have a terminal illness that you are afraid to suffer through?  Put on a party for your family and closest friends and take a pill to put yourself out of your misery – at least in this world.  Do you have ...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    September 09, 2018

    [Kula Catholic Community]  St. James was right.  Sometimes there are people or realities we would just rather not let into our churches.  We welcome affirmations, beautiful surroundings, good music, and friendly people.  They are the ones that make us feel good, with their gold rings of goodness and beauty.  But then there are other things we would prefer to leave outside the door.  The current sex abuse scandal ...

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