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Touch the ‘unclean’ today and show compassion

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: February 16, 2018   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Feb. 11. Gershon Tucker, president of my high school senior class, died 25 years ago of AIDS. He was the first person I knew to die of AIDS, so his struggle gave the disease a human face for me. •... More 

Pray for unity among families and all Christians

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: February 9, 2018   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Dec. 31. When you and I say “family” we usually think of the nuclear family of a husband, wife and children, even though only 36 percent of American households fit that pattern. Twenty-eight... More 

Seminarian education possible because of CASA

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 31, 2018   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will deliver this recorded homily in all parishes Feb. 3-4.   Brothers and sisters in Christ. This year I celebrate my 10th year as your bishop and my heart is filled with gratitude for what a blessing it has been for... More 

Being ‘pro-life’ means supporting a consistent ethic of life

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 25, 2018   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily at two Masses for Life Jan. 21 at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock.        With God everything is possible, there is nothing impossible for God. We see this in our readings... More 

What I learned from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Published: January 15, 2018   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Jan. 13 during the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock. Every child needs heroes and as any of you who have ever heard my vocation story knows, one of my... More 

A proverb for 2018: Dirtiness is next to godliness

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 12, 2018   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Jan. 1 The saying “cleanliness is next to godliness” is about as big a lie as you’ll ever hear. Cleanliness has nothing to do with godliness. You’d be a lot closer to the truth... More 

We are sent by God to fulfill our role in salvation

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 22, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Dec. 17. As I think we all know, in this Mass we will be installing Emmanuel Torres, Ben Riley, Alex Smith, Omar Galván and Brian Cundall as lectors; Daniel Velasco and Joseph Friend as acolytes;... More 

Open your hearts just like Mary and Joseph

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 14, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Dec. 8. We celebrate the feast of the Annunciation and thus the beginning of Mary’s pregnancy on March 25, nine months before Christmas, so it may surprise you that in December we return three times... More 

Don’t get consumed by the Four Dangerous Ps

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

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Dec. 3. When I was a priest in Oklahoma City the priests in the area took turns carrying a hospital beeper at night so that a priest would always be available in case of emergency. Ten of us took turns,... More 

Blind beggar’s story shows us persistence, loyalty

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 1, 2017   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Nov. 20. In today’s Gospel we have the story of a blind beggar whose healing by Jesus has a lot to teach us as we gather to thank the Lord for his many blessings in our lives and to pray for our... More