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  • Homily for the 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 05, 2017

    Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A[Holy Family Church, Honolulu (Dedication of new altar; Veterans Day observance with the Order of Malta)] There has been much news lately about monuments to Confederate heroes being taken down because, to those who want them down, they symbolize an acceptance of the evil of slavery.  While I do not always agree with this particular tactic, it can definitely be said that there is no room fo...

  • Homily for the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 29, 2017

    [Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Vancouver, Washington] I love ice cream.  I love sunny days.  I love the Seahawks.  I love my home.  I love God.  I love my neighbor. The way we use the word “love,” it seems that anything and everything that gives me pleasure and enjoyment is love.  Have you ever heard anyone say, “I love criticism.  I love persecution.  I love suffering”?  No....

  • Homily for the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 22, 2017

    Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A[Damien-Marianne Catholic Conference at Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu] Has anyone been to Amish Country?  This is a small enclave of people who take their faith so seriously that they believe in a very simple way of life.  They do not amass wealth or collect all the modern conveniences.  Although they now have motor vehicles, it would not be unusual to see them travelling with ho...

  • Homily for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 15, 2017

    Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A[St. Augustine Church, Oakland, California] If you knew ahead of time that a wedding would be either boring or overwrought with drunkenness and drama, would you respond positively to the invitation to attend?  If you had a million things to do just to keep your own life together and you knew the wedding would cost you valuable time and money, would you still go?  I think we could safely a...

  • Homily for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 08, 2017

    Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A[Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Papaikou; St. Anthony Church, Papaaloa] A new lease on life! That is a phrase we use to describe a change for the better in our lives, usually after we have been through some crisis or recovered from some accident or illness.  It indicates that we finally realize that life does not ultimately belong to us, that it belongs to God, and that this newfound disco...

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