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  • Bishop's Homily for the Baptism of the Lord

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 14, 2019

    [Sacred Heart Church, Punahou (Installation of Pastor); St. Stephen Diocesan Center, Kaneohe (Institution of Lectors for Deacon Formation Class)  Holy Spirit Parish/Newman Center, Manoa (Installation of Pastor)] [Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11; Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7; Luke 3:15-16,21-23]  When I was growing up and our family went out to dinner, sometimes I would order teriyaki steak. I was usually disappointed, however, because most restaur...

  • Bishop Silva's Christmas Homily 2018

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 25, 2018

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa; Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace]  Make-believe and fantasy. Myth and mystery. To many, this is what Christmas is all about. They do not necessarily object to these things, because who does not like to escape from reality from time to time and indulge in pure fantasy to distract oneself from the cares and routines of life? Who is not delighted by stories as diverse as a red-nosed reindeer and a choir ...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 23, 2018

    [Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Ewa Beach; St. Joseph Church, Waipahu; St. Roch Church, Kahuku]  The day I reported to my first parish after being ordained a priest, the pastor wanted to introduce me to some parishioners. We got in his car, and for the next two hours we must have visited a dozen homes. We went in, the pastor introduced me, we exchanged some small talk, and we were on our way to the next house. When I arrived hom...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 16, 2018

    [Sacred Heart Church, Waianae] Around this time many of our parochial schools are putting on their Christmas concerts and pageants.  When I was a pastor, the principal would always ask me to sit in the front row, presuming that it was the best seat in the house.  I, however, usually tried to sit on the side, somewhere in the middle.  From there I could see not only the children, but the beaming faces of their parents, which was...

  • 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...

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