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  • Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 17, 2019

    [Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Pearl City (Scouts Mass); Kalaupapa, Molokai]  I hope I can keep you awake!  Yes, every preacher’s nightmare is that people will fall asleep while he is preaching.  So we try to find ways to make the homily interesting and lively – or at least short – so that we can have your full attention.  Sleeping seemed to be a part of two of the readings we heard today.  When...

  • Bishop's Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 10, 2019

    [St. Joseph Church, Hilo (Rite of Election); Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu (Rite of Election)]  It is Spring training time for baseball, and that means that the players are spending lots of time in the gym, strengthening their muscles, running to improve their speed, and working on the skills they will need to be the best baseball players they can be once the long season begins.  They watch their diets and learn to...

  • Bishop's Homily for Ash Wednesday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 06, 2019

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace] Have you ever been lost?  Even in these days of Global Positioning Systems, it is still possible to find ourselves going in the wrong direction – or at least wondering if we are.  Sometimes we may find ourselves traveling in the exact opposite direction than the one we intended, or even going around in circles.  When this happens, the best thing to do is to stop, get our bearings,...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 03, 2019

    St. Sylvester Church, Kilauea, Kauai Many times the catechists of our children – lay people who are very generous with their time and talents – complain to me that they do not feel supported by the parents of many of their students, because they drop their children off for class, disappear for an hour, and return to pick them up, without reinforcing the teachings at home.  In addition, they say that many parents do not take t...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 16, 2019

    I often think we read the Gospels with blinders.  We hear what we want to hear and ignore what we do not.  We think of Jesus as wanting to usher the greatest sinners into the Kingdom of God, and there is much in the Gospel that demonstrates his great mercy and love.  But we do not like to think of the warnings he gives, such as “Woe to you!” that we hear in today’s Gospel.  We like to think of the scene of...

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