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  • Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 13, 2015

    [Maria Lanakila Church, Lahaina (Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration)Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (Opening of the Jubilee Door of Mercy)Mystical Rose Chapel (Baccalaureate Mass for Chaminade University of Honolulu)] I picture an Octoberfest, and a man with a huge voice booms out a tune with the oom-pah band in the background.  I think of the fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe I attended yesterday, in which the mariachi accompanied ...

  • Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Opening Mass of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 08, 2015

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] What if you were told that you had been selected by God to bear to the world the Savior it needs so badly? What if someone told you that you were specially chosen to be a part of God’s mission? Would you be greatly troubled?  Would you ask questions about how this could be, since the natural way you imagine these things are done would certainly disqualify you? What if the very ...

  • Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 06, 2015

    [St. Jude Church, Makakilo] Perhaps we need to be more offensive! When someone is playing basketball or football, being defensive is good.  It is an all-out attempt to keep the other side from scoring.  But if a team only plays defense, it is unlikely to win a game.  It must also take the offense.  It not only tries to prevent the other team from scoring, but it tries its best to score itself. Of course, to be offensive ...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Solemnity of All Saints

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 29, 2015

    [St. John Vianney Church, Kailua; St. Stephen Church, Honolulu] Ordinary people and extraordinary people. A worshipper of Satan turned into a worshipper of the true and living God. A convicted criminal admitted into Paradise. The sweet and pious and the sourpuss. The members of royalty and the poorest of the poor. These and so many other people of contrasting categories make up that symbolic 144,000 saints who stand with white robes and palm ...

  • Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 29, 2015

    [Vietnamese Catholic Community (Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration), Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa] We are shocked and saddened by the terrorist attacks in Paris. How could people be so cruel as to even imagine going into a crowded venue and randomly shooting strangers? But wait! If you have ever been to the movies, there are countless depictions of just such a thing happening, whether in some ancient mythical world, in some futuristic landscape, o...

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