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Perseverance, humility got Blessed Stanley through school

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 8, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily for the sixth-grade and ninth-grade graduations at Blessed Stanley Rother Catholic School in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala Oct. 28. The school year in Guatemala runs from January to mid-October. This... More 

You can earn your way into hell but not heaven

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 31, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Oct. 6. Many of us quite naturally think that God will reward us if we are good and punish us if we are bad. That’s what the Old Testament teaches. In last Sunday’s readings God says that... More 

Don’t be weary: Practice persistent praying

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 24, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Oct. 19-20. One of the things I have practiced and promoted throughout my priesthood is eucharistic adoration. Over the years my daily holy hour, which I spend — whenever possible — before... More 

Say ‘thanks’ more often and see the difference

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 18, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Oct. 13. Who are the people who have helped you become who you are today? One of them is certainly your first-grade teacher. She taught you to read and write, and what a difference that has made in your... More 

Easy path is not best path for Christians to take

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 11, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Sept. 8. I think it’s just natural for people to want to make things as easy as possible. But doing things the easy way, at least when it comes to religion, just doesn’t work. This is what... More 

Eucharist at center of my father’s faith life

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 3, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Sept. 23 for the funeral of his father, Basil Taylor. My experience from working with RCIA over the years is that the single passage of Scripture most likely to lead people to the Catholic faith and understanding... More 

Pruning needs to happen every generation

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: September 26, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Sept. 6. There are two kinds of plants: annuals and perennials. Annuals live just one season and then die — for instance, tomato plants. Their seeds make it through the winter, but — to use... More 

Six simple ways you can get yourself into heaven

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: September 20, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Sept. 5, 2018, for the feast day of St. Teresa of Kolkata. Nowhere does Jesus ever say that a correct understanding of doctrine is necessary for salvation. Obviously good information is better than bad... More 

Purpose of law more important than law itself

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: September 12, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Sept. 7. Do you know the biggest difference between the Army and the Navy? In the Army you can do anything that is permitted, but in the Navy you can do anything that is not forbidden. The practical consequences... More 

Those faithful to Jesus’ teaching will face hostility

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: August 30, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily July 7 at St. Joseph Church in Paris. In today’s Gospel, Jesus sends 72 disciples on a hike. They will be visiting a lot of towns and will be camping along the way. Unlike us hikers today who... More