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  • 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...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 10, 2019

    [St. John the Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani (Marriage Convalidations); St. John Vianney Church, Kailua]  Perhaps you have heard the saying “The perfect is the enemy of the good.”  Sometimes we do not do good things simply because we know we cannot do them perfectly, and the risk of failure – or worse, ridicule – is not a risk we want to take.  So we choose to do nothing.  “The...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    February 03, 2019

    [St. George Church, Waimanalo] We often hear the lament that the rich become richer and the poor become poorer.  We apply that to economic realities.  While there may be some truth to it, we are challenged today to look at spiritual realities as well. I have said many time that we have wonderful parishes in our diocese, with many programs to serve the elderly, our children, our youth, the grieving, and many others.  We have Bi...

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