OFFICE FOR SOCIAL MINISTRY “Do not tire of courageously living the Gospel, which calls you to recognize and welcome the Lord Jesus among the smallest and most vulnerable. I entrust all child migrants, their families, their communities, and you who are close to them, to the protection of the Holy Family of Nazareth; may they […]
On Jan. 1, Pope Francis reminded us that Mary, the Mother of God, is a vital guide for all times. Our Holy Father focused on our mother Mary’s qualities as vital resources for our mission as church.
“Thanks from the bottom of our heart for your daily witness, which nourishes our hopes and our dreams, and gives us continuous glimmers of light.” These were the words of thanks that Pope Francis heard on the afternoon of his 80th birthday, Dec. 17, after celebrating breakfast with a group of homeless persons.
“We are called to enlarge the horizons of our hearts, to be surprised by the life that is presented each day with its newness.” (Pope Francis’ 2016 Advent message) This year Advent challenged us to enlarge the horizons of our hearts and be surprised by the celebration of new life revealed in the mystery we might call “Mercy Christmas.”
Talk Story “La Paz este con ustedes! Peace be with you!” These were the first words in a letter Bishop Larry Silva wrote to the family of the late Aracely del Carmen Urruela, Clara Isabel and John “Junior” — the mother and two children recently murdered in Puna. The words also opened the Mass of […]
Talk story Our faith is grounded in the Paschal Mystery, recently culminated in the celebration of Easter Sunday. It is hoped that the essence and images of Holy Week continue to nourish us throughout the year. It is in that spirit that we share images from the Ohana Mass for persons with disabilities on Easter […]
“As we begin this Lenten journey, let us prepare to touch, see, hear, smell and taste God in all things. Let us be sacraments of God’s love and bring these holy senses to those who are most in need.” (From the CRS Rice Bowl Daily Prayer Reflection for Ash Wednesday 2016) The Catholic Relief Service […]
November is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month in the U.S., a good time to reflect on these words of Pope Francis, and how they relate to the Nov. 21-22 special collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and speak to the ongoing initiative in our diocese called “One Ohana: Food and Housing for All.”
“Land, housing and work are increasingly unavailable to the majority of the world’s population. … Demanding this isn’t unusual, it’s the social doctrine of the church.” — Pope Francis, October 2014 Pope Francis spoke these words at the World Meeting of Popular Movements in Rome, and repeated the message around the world, including during his […]
Aloha, “The scandal that millions of people suffer from hunger must not paralyze us, but push each and every one of us to act: singles, families, communities, institutions, government, to eliminate this injustice.” (Pope Francis) The recent news that 183,500 of Hawaii’s people — 14 percent of the population — receive emergency food assistance is […]