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  • Homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 02, 2018

    [St. Patrick Church, Kaimuki]  This weekend the Honolulu City Lights display opens.  It is a joyous display of fantasy and whimsy, celebrating a joyous time of year.  And even though the Diocese of Honolulu won the lottery to put up a display, and the display is a manger scene, depicting the beautiful story of the birth of Jesus, we all know that the City Lights display is quite secular in its themes.  It is fun, beautiful...

  • Homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 25, 2018

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa (Vietnamese Martyrs), Honolulu;Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Pearl City]  Which king would you want to rule over you?  The one who tries to make everything comfortable for you, who tries to alleviate whatever sufferings you may have in life?  Or the one who helps you suffer through difficult times so that you can grow and become a stronger person?  It is clear that many in our culture &ndash...

  • Homily for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 04, 2018

    [Immaculate Conception Church, Lihue (Diocesan Congress of Filipino Catholic Clubs)] Sometimes it only takes one word to change everything.  A hurtful word can destroy a relationship.  A forgiving word can rebuild it.  And it has only taken the change of one word in the first commandment of the Ten Commandments to create the very toxic culture we are experiencing today where there are so many factions, not o...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 28, 2018

    [St. Ann Church, Kaneohe (Diocesan Youth Day); St. Philomena Church, Kalaupapa] Sometimes the blind can see best.  Here is the story of a great crowd following Jesus.  But they seem to be following him because of his celebrity.  They wanted to see him perform some miracle, as if the circus had come into town and the amazing magician might put on a virtuoso performance right before their eyes.  But there was one person in J...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 21, 2018

    [Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam] If someone applied to serve in the military and told the recruiter, “I don’t do grunt work.  I want to be an officer as soon as possible, and I really don’t like taking orders from anyone,” my suspicion is that the recruiter would send this person out the door and urge him or her to try something else.  Anyone who joins the military knows that there is going to be some sufferi...

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