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  • Homily for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 25, 2018

    Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year B[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace]  In ancient cultures, if the crops failed because of drought or flood, it was presumed that the gods were angry for some reason and needed to be appeased with sacrifice.  If enemies were poised on a nation’s borders ready to pounce, not only was the army readied, but the priests gathered the people to plead to the gods and offer sacrifices ...

  • Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 18, 2018

    Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year B[Sacred Hearts Church, Lanai City] Last Wednesday students all over the country walked out of class for 17 minutes to honor the memory of the 17 high school students who were killed by a young man in Florida a couple of weeks ago.  The walkout was a way of saying “Never again!”  We all pray that never again will we witness such a mass murder anywhere in the world.  And while the national ...

  • Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 04, 2018

    Third Sunday of Lent, Year B[Resurrection of the Lord Church, Waipio] What does the Lord need to whip into shape in your life?  Jesus loves us, of course, and he always will try to persuade us humbly and gently to follow his ways, because he knows that following God’s commandments is for our own good.  If we abide by the plan of the One who made us, we will become our best selves, rather than our worst selves.  But someti...

  • Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 24, 2018

    Second Sunday of Lent, Year B – (Vigil)[St. John Vianney, Church, Kailua (Scout Mass)] If you have watched any of the Winter Olympic games, you have seen some dazzling performances.  Whatever particular sport you might watch, the athletes are simply brilliant.  The medals of gold, silver, and bronze are also dazzling and are, of course, the prizes each athlete works so hard to achieve.  It all looks so simple, so elegant,...

  • Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 20, 2018

    [St. Theresa Church, Kihei (Rite of Election);Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu (Rite of Election; Mass for Great Aloha Run/Akua Run Participants)] Bungee jumping.  Sky diving.  Swimming with sharks.  These are all activities that most of us would avoid at all costs but that a few people would love to engage in because it gives them such a rush of adrenaline.  They are risky and can be dangerous.  That is why the ...

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