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  • Bishop's Homily for Christmas Eve & Day

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 25, 2016

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu; Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] How hard it is for us to believe in miracles!  In the beginning, when all was formless and void, God spoke a Word, and through that Word all things came into being:  the light and the darkness, the earth and the sky, the seas and all they contain, the seed-bearing plants, and the birds and beasts of every kind.  Yes, the fulfillment of th...

  • Bishop's Christmas Message

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 25, 2016

    We need to pay more attention to angels! “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”  (Luke 2:14)  That was their message to the shepherds that first Christmas night, and if we are attentive, it is their message to all of us as well. In so many ways we have forgotten God, taken him out of our schools and our civic life, and relegated him to a role as our servant to comfort us when...

  • Homily for the Forth Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 19, 2016

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu; Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] When someone proposes something that seems to be very far-fetched and says, “Trust me,” we might become very suspicious.  Isn’t that what happened to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden when the serpent said they would be like gods if they ate the fruit God had forbidden them to touch and said, “Trust me”?  Isn&rsq...

  • Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 12, 2016

    [Holy Ghost Mission Church, Kula (Pastor Installation)] Yesterday our diocese hosted its annual Star Light, Star Bright function.  We go to the Women's Correctional Center in Kailua, Oahu, take the children of the women who are there, and have a Christmas party for them.  One of the highlights for me was meeting a woman who is going to be released this Wednesday.  She told me how joyful she is because she knows that God loves h...

  • Homily for Immaculate Conception

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 08, 2016

    December 8, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – St. Patrick Church, Kaimuki[Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary] A popular song we are likely to hear in these days of Advent and Christmas is “Mary, did you know?”  It asks Mary if she knew her son would one day walk on water, give sight to a blind man, or calm a storm with his hand. It is most likely that Mary did not know all of these things the day the ang...

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