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  • Bishop's Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 23, 2017

    Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy), Year A[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (Confirmation/First Communion)] Wouldn't we be amazed if Jesus stood right here before us in this room?  If we could touch the wounds in his hands and put our hand into his wounded side?  We would be thrilled to see him standing before us, risen from the dead. But the fact is that he is here among us right now.  We do not see him w...

  • Homily for Easter Sunday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 16, 2017

    Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday, Year A - April 15/16, 2017 [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu / St. John the Apostle & Evangelist Parish, Mililani] Cute little yellow chicks. Pastel colors and butterflies. Easter eggs, Easter parades, Easter bonnets, Easter baskets, and Easter bunnies. That’s what Easter is all about! Or so one would think from visiting the Easter card rack at the local drug store! Few and far between is...

  • Homily for Good Friday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 14, 2017

    Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – Good Friday – April 14, 2017[Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu] Someone here is probably carrying the cross of profound grief over the loss of a loved one. Another may be carrying the cross of anxiety about a life-threatening disease. Yet another may be carrying the cross of caring for a seriously disabled family member. One is carrying the cross of feeling trapped in a situation of domest...

  • Bishop's Homily for Palm Sunday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 09, 2017

    Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, Year A – [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu] Somehow the first reading of today’s Mass reminded me of the recent political campaign.  Candidates with “well-trained” tongues tried to rouse the weary and convince them that a vote for themselves would be in everyone’s best interest.  At the same time, they had to give their faces, as the Scriptures say, “t...

  • Bishop Silva's 2017 Chrism Mass Homily

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 06, 2017

    Some friends whose wedding I celebrated almost thirty years ago visited me last Christmastime.  Before they married, they told me the story of their first date.  They were in college, and after a nice dinner together, they went to get ice cream cones.  Before they finished the cones, however, they both had to rush home to study for a test.  She decided to put her half-eaten ice cream cone in the freezer so that she could ke...

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