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

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 05, 2016

    [St. Theresa Church, Kekaha; Sacred Hearts Mission, Waimea, Kauai] Imagine how hard it must be to overcome an addiction.  Whether it is alcohol, drugs, or pornography, it can seem like the problem is so big, so pervasive within one’s self, that one can easily lose hope.  Imagine how difficult it is to be reconciled with a spouse or a family member who has hurt one so deeply that forgiveness seems impossible.  Imagine the ...

  • Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 28, 2016

    First Sunday of Advent, Year A – November 27, 2016[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu;Vietnamese Holy Martyrs Community, Honolulu] Climbing a mountain takes some exertion. It means we have to be determined enough to overcome even the comforts of gravity so that we can achieve a higher perspective. It means we have to prepare our muscles not for rest but for stretching and straining. We might have to leave behind the famil...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 07, 2016

    [St. Philomena Church, Honolulu] Let’s all be unsuccessful! I bet you have not heard anyone say that before!  It is drummed into us from our earliest days that we must strive to be successful in our families, our careers, and in everything we do.  Yet the Scriptures today present a very different picture of success, because we see people who have in many ways failed in their goals.  Yet though they were failures, they we...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary TIme

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 17, 2016

    [Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Waikane] A priest friend of mine is fond of saying, “If you are not willing to work for something you are praying for, then don’t bother praying for it.”  I believe that thought bears some reflection in light of today’s Scripture readings. When the Israelites were being attacked, Moses sent Joshua into the battle.  And even though he was too old to engage in battle, he parti...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 09, 2016

    [Holy Rosary Church, Paia; St. Philomena Church, Kalaupapa] The separating sickness.  That was the name given to leprosy when it was an epidemic here in Hawaii, and when those who had the disease would have been exiled to Kalaupapa, Molokai.  Not only did they have to deal with the physical infirmity, but they were separated from their families, their friends, their livelihoods, and their own neighborhoods.  But this reality di...

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