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Love others no matter your opinion of them

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: May 19, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Feb. 19. When the sun comes up, it shines on everyone equally. When it rains, the rain falls everywhere in the area, without distinction. When the wind blows, everyone feels the same breeze, and when... More 

St. Agnes was faithful during troubling times

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: May 11, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Jan. 22 for the feast of St. Agnes in Mena. Today we celebrate the feast of your patron, St. Agnes, one of the only seven women whose name appears in the first eucharistic prayer we will use in Mass today.... More 

God or things: We all choose master of our lives

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: May 5, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Feb. 26. Many of us spent a lot of our time working to earn money and I’m glad you do. You have to support your families and of course support the Church. But in today’s Gospel Jesus warns... More 

Eucharist, priesthood center on Jesus’ command

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: April 26, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily on Holy Thursday, April 13. Today begins the sacred Triduum, the three holiest days of the year, our High Holy Days, so to speak: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The days when evil did its... More 

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