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‘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 

Men called to be shepherds to family, employees

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

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Feb. 4 for the Arkansas Catholic Men’s Conference in Little Rock. The Gospel we have today is just perfect for a Catholic Men’s Conference. Jesus’ disciples return from the mission that... More 

Be salt and light for world, build up kingdom

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: February 2, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will deliver this recorded homily Feb. 4-5 at all Masses. Do you know why the colors of the Vatican flag are white and yellow? The answer I like best is that as Catholics we are called to be what Jesus calls us to be in today’s... More 

Church hopeful for more anti-abortion decisions

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 25, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Jan. 22 for the annual Mass for Life in Little Rock. This is my first time in eight years as your bishop to celebrate this Mass for Life at a time when we have a realistic hope of a change in the Supreme... More 

Put teachings of Jesus and Dr. King into action

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 20, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Jan. 14 during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock. Last weekend on the feast of the Epiphany I recalled an experience that occurred the summer... More 

What is the richest statement in New Testament?

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 12, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily during the Come and See discernment retreat for men Dec. 31. “In the beginning was the Word” — with a capital W. This phrase at the beginning of John’s Gospel is one of the richest... More 

Emmanuel reminds us ‘God is with us’

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 22, 2016   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Dec. 17. Today is a special day for the seminarians of the Diocese of Little Rock. This morning we ordained Nelson Rubio to the transitional diaconate — the first of the orders of the sacrament of... More 

Our Lady of Guadalupe brought light to darkness

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 16, 2016   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I think it is very appropriate that the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe always falls during Advent. Advent is a time of darkness and expectation. Darkness into which... More 

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