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Darkness exists, but we are people of the light

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: April 21, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily on Holy Saturday, April 15. The events we celebrate today can be summarized by a single phrase: “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” We find this phrase... More 

Sunday before Easter has two names, two events

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: April 13, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily April 9. Today’s celebration has two Gospels and two names because it combines two events. The first name is Palm Sunday, in which we mark Jesus’ apparently triumphant entry into Jerusalem,... More 

Where do you turn when you’re thirsty, starving?

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: April 7, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily March 19. One of the principles of physics is that nature abhors a vacuum. My brother and his wife have a plaque on their wall that says “Thirst is a Dangerous Thing.” Most sins are wrongheaded... More 

Blindness can be caused by fear, ignorance, hatred

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: March 30, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily March 26. Knowledge is light — an inner light comes on when we understand something — which is why we say, “I see!” But this “seeing” is insight, not just eyesight.... More 

Don’t miss spiritual benefits of fasting, almsgiving

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: March 23, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily on Ash Wednesday, March 1. A hypocrite is a person who does the right thing for self-serving reasons. In today’s Gospel we see how this can occur in the case of almsgiving, prayer and fasting —... More 

Jesus shares more with Peter, James and John

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: March 17, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily March 11 for the Congress of the School of Evangelization of St. Andrew. You and I are closer to some people than we are to others. We have acquaintances, friends and loved ones. We share some things with... More 

Voluntarily go to the desert for 40 days

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: March 10, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily during the diocese’s women discernment retreat March 5. Many of you have names in your family that have been passed down from generation to generation. In my family that name is Basil. My great-grandfather... More 

We should encounter Jesus through our spouse

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: February 28, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Feb. 21 in Hot Springs Village for couples married 50 or more years. I want to thank you for your flexibility in rescheduling this Mass, which was originally set for Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. The... More 

‘Fear of the Lord’ can keep you on right path

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: February 24, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Feb. 12 at St. Joseph Church in Conway. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” according to the book of Proverbs. It is also the seventh gift of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, not only... More 

Enough is always better than too much

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: February 16, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Jan. 29. More is not always better, and enough is better than too much. Women using less make-up look better than women using too much. Men using less cologne smell better than men using too much. Spaghetti... More