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  • 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 ...

  • Homily for Stewardship Day Mass

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 17, 2018

    Mass for Stewardship Day; Saturday after Ash Wednesday – February 17, 2018[Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa]  Once upon a time a king ordered that a great feast be held.  He had his chancellor write up a note to the chief banquet steward that on a certain night he was to prepare a great feast in the royal banquet hall, filling it to its fullest capacity.  The diligent steward immediately began planning the feast.  He line...

  • Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 28, 2018

    [St. John Vianney Church, Kailua; St. Ann Church, Kaneohe (Installation of Pastor)] In a house of ill repute?  Yes.  In a bar?  More than likely.  These are we might expect to find people taken over by demons that lead them astray.  But in a synagogue, where people gather to hear the Word of God?  Apparently that is precisely where Jesus encountered this man with the unclean spirit.  And in a Catholic Mass?&...

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