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  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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