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  • Homily for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    July 23, 2017

    Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A - July 23, 2017[St. Michael the Archangel Church, Kailua-Kona (Deacon Summer Gathering)] Sometimes weeds can be pretty – and maybe even nourishing!  Any gardener or farmer knows that they are very common and that you don’t need an enemy to sow them.  They have a way of taking root on their own and then doing their destructive work, perhaps without one knowing that they are underm...

  • Homily for the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    July 16, 2017

    Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A – July 16, 2017[Christ the King Church, Kahului (Confirmation Mass)] We are people who like to see results – and now!  Microwave ovens often seem to take too long.  We think a five or six hour flight is an ordeal, when our ancestors would have taken weeks to travel the same distance.  We look at our watches when the high-speed internet is not downloading a video fast enough....

  • Homily for the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    July 09, 2017

    Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A – July 9, 2014[Feast of Our Lady of Peace and 190th Anniversary of the Arrival of the First Catholic Missionaries in Hawaii – Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] Imagine this place 190 years ago.  There were few buildings in Honolulu, and certainly nothing as magnificent as this cathedral.  Missionaries of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Ma...

  • 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...

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