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  • Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 28, 2019

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (Confirmation & First Communion);Vietnamese Catholic Community, at Co-Cathedral (Confirmation & First Communion)] One of the winners in this year’s Merrie Monarch Hula Competition said she danced so well because she could feel the spirit of her kupuna, her elders, living and dead, surrounding her.  This is a beautiful expression of a love that never dies and that brings out the best ...

  • Bishop's Homily for Easter Sunday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 21, 2019

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa] Do you realize what it takes to put together the liturgies we celebrate during this Sacred Triduum, of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter?  First the liturgical rites handed on to us by the Church must be studied by all who are planning the celebrations.  They give a basic guideline on the flow of the liturgy and some details.  Even so, there are many blanks that need to be filled in by...

  • Bishop's Easter Message

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 21, 2019

    The emptiness of a woman whose beloved husband died is deeply painful. The emptiness of an elderly person in a nursing care facility who has no one to visit him causes more suffering than his many physical ailments. The emptiness of a man addicted to pornography grows ever more burdensome, since the more he tries to satisfy his insatiable lust with these images, the emptier he feels. The emptiness of a heart without love is almost like b...

  • Bishop's Homily for Good Friday Celebration of the Lord's Passion

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 19, 2019

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu] If Jesus died to take away our sins, why is there still so much sin in our lives?  It cannot be denied that we still put other gods before the true and living God who became a man in the person of Jesus Christ.  Sometimes we make ourselves gods.  Sometimes we treat money or prestige as gods.  It cannot be denied that we often take God’s name in vain.  Yes, we still hear th...

  • Bishop's Homily for Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 18, 2019

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] Wondrous.  Awesome.  Sublime.  Inspiring.  These are all words we have heard this week to describe the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, as we were saddened and shocked by the devastating fire that burned there just a few days ago.  Yes, it is a World Heritage Site, a monument to the genius of Medieval architecture, and a symbol of enduring faith that has stood at th...

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