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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 

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