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Don’t be silent on abortion or any pro-life issue

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 19, 2021   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Jan. 17 for the Mass for Life. On Jan. 20, 1961 -- almost exactly 60 years ago -- John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the first and, until three days from now, only Catholic president of our country. At... More 

Non-violent resistance best option to confront evil

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 13, 2021   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered his homily Jan. 10. Most people think that there exist only two basic options when confronted with evil: fight or flight. Resistance or retreat. Giving aggressors a taste of their own medicine or tucking one's... More 

A dirty year: Take ownership of brokenness

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 8, 2021   

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 if... More 

Jesus can free you from your problems

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 16, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Dec. 6. One thing I learned in seminary was that as a preacher of God's word, my role is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, to help those who have it bad and to get those... More 

Gratitude best shown by putting gift to use

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 8, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Nov. 15. We’ve all had the experience of giving someone a gift and then getting a nice thank you note back in the mail. If you gave the gift in person, they probably had already thanked you in person.... More 

Ancestors, immigrants want this ‘land of hope’

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 4, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26. No one emigrated because things were going so great in the Old Country. All my immigrant ancestors had problems in their country of origin. For instance, one of my grandfather... More 

What would Christ the King be doing today?

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 24, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Nov. 22. Today is the feast of Christ the King. When we think of a king, we think of a man who lives in a palace, has lots of servants, dines lavishly on the very finest foods and issues decrees that have... More 

Plan ahead and be ready for Second Coming

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 18, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Nov. 8. You and I live in one of the few cultures in which people subject themselves to wedding rehearsals. People elsewhere seem already to know what to do. They just show up and the wedding generally... More 

Good stewards know why we give treasure

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 13, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Oct. 4 Like many of you, I was raised in a wonderful home. My parents went to great effort to make our house fit the needs of our large family. For instance, they bought bunk beds sturdy enough to survive... More 

Path to happiness not found in upward mobility

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 6, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily on All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1. All of us have climbed ladders and we know by personal experience that it is easier to go up a ladder than come down one. Going up you can see where you're going and... More