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Jesus will mold those who have been tested and purified

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 9, 2016   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Dec. 4 in Rogers for the 40th anniversary of Msgr. David LeSieur’s priestly ordination. I spent the summer just before entering the seminary working in the press room of my hometown newspaper, the... More 

Don’t underestimate, overlook emergencies

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 30, 2016   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Nov. 27. 911 means there’s an emergency. We use it to call police, firefighters or an ambulance. Some calls don’t get made in time because we underestimate the danger (e.g., chest pains)... More 

Light of Christ is more powerful than darkness

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 23, 2016   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Nov. 20 at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock. With today’s Mass we bring to a close the great Jubilee of Mercy which began on Dec. 8 of last year — the feast of the Immaculate Conception... More 

Don’t underestimate the power of evil, deception

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 17, 2016   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily during the White Mass for medical professionals Oct. 27. One of my roles outside the Diocese of Little Rock is to serve on the Doctrine Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The... More 

The great love in heaven will be non-exclusive

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 11, 2016   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Nov. 6. Most knowledge comes to us by comparison to something we already know. For example: rattlesnake tastes like chicken so if you’ve ever had chicken you know how good rattlesnake will taste. In... More 

Jesus knows you; just ask forgiveness, make amends

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 3, 2016   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered his homily Oct. 30. You and I know the names of those who are important to us, whether we know them personally or not. We know the names of our pope and the major candidates for president because our Catholic faith... More 

Don’t fall in trap: ‘Lesser of two evils’ not an option

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 20, 2016   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Oct. 16. Jesus had a great deal of “ambiguity tolerance.” He was able to deal patiently with messy situations. We see it in his dealings with Zacchaeus, with the Samaritan Woman and the tax... More 

We live comfortably because others are exploited

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 12, 2016   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Oct. 2. Woe to the complacent in Arkansas! Lying on their king-size beds, comfortable couch potatoes, they eat barbecue and drink beer and use deodorant; but are not concerned about the injustices perpetrated... More 

Teachers instruct, motivate and love their students

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 6, 2016   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily during the Professional Day for Teachers Sept. 23 at Christ the King Church in Little Rock. One of the great tasks of life is to learn and become who we are to be. And we all know that this struggle to... More 

Results from work of religious have excellent yield

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: September 30, 2016   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Sept. 24 at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church in Little Rock for the religious jubilarian Mass. One of the joys of my childhood was that there was a baseball player with my same name: Tony Taylor. His... More