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  • Homily for Red Mass

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 18, 2018

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Kalihi] He was an immigrant.  He took a months-long and dangerous voyage to reach a place he had only heard about, but that was very different from his place of birth.  He had to learn not one, but two different languages.  At one point, he lived under a tree, because there was no house for him.  We know this immigrant as Father Damien, and revere him as a saint.  He came not so much to s...

  • Bishop's Homily for 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 15, 2018

    [Fiftieth Anniversary of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Ewa Beach (at Honolulu Country Club)] We thank God for teachers!  And we thank God for students! Our readings today are filled with both students and teachers.  In the Scriptures, of course, it is obvious that the students are learning to listen to and to share the Word of God.  It may not always be so obvious, but that is exactly what happens in our Catholic schools,...

  • Homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 07, 2018

    [Carmelite Convent Chapel, Kaneohe] When I visit the parishes of our diocese, I am always impressed by the faith and devotion of our parishioners.  Our parishes offer schools to educate our youth, religious education programs, youth ministry, outreach to the homebound, programs to feed the hungry, and many other wonderful services.  I was thinking of the recent pre-Christmas Misas de Gallo, those early morning (4:30 or 5:00 a.m.!) M...

  • Homily for Christmas

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 25, 2017

    CHRISTMAS, 2017[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (Mass during the Night); Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa (Mass during the Day)] If a man is preparing to propose marriage to a woman, very often he thinks of the most romantic way he can do so.  The setting must be just right, perhaps a place that has special meaning for the couple.  Maybe there will be candles and flowers.  Perhaps some special background music will be playin...

  • Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 24, 2017

    Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu; St. Anthony Church, Kalihi] Prophets and angels are both messengers of God, sent to announce God’s will for a particular person or community at a particular time.  The stories of Advent and Christmas are replete with messages from God, delivered by prophets or proclaimed by angels of various sorts.  The core of the message is always the same:&nb...

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