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Are you obeying God or just complying with law?

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: May 22, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily May 17 at the House of Formation. Obedience is not the same thing as compliance. Compliance is merely doing what is demanded. Obedience means doing so willingly, with a good attitude. Obedience comes... More 

Forty days in eucharistic desert is forming us

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: May 15, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily May 10 at the House of Formation in Little Rock. In the Synoptic Gospels — Matthew, Mark and Luke — Jesus’ public ministry begins with his baptism by John the Baptist, after which in... More 

From our limitations, we have new opportunities

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: May 7, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily May 3 at the House of Formation. See updated guidelines announced May 4. Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. Every year on the fourth Sunday of Easter we recall that Jesus is our shepherd and we are the flock... More 

History’s second Mass happened at Emmaus

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: April 30, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily April 26 at the House of Formation in Little Rock. Have you ever had that odd feeling like you’re not alone? You come into what should be an empty house, but it feels like somebody’s there?... More 

Mercy 25 years after the Oklahoma City bombing

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: April 23, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily April 19 for Divine Mercy Sunday at the House of Formation. Exactly 25 years ago today at 9:02 in the morning, I was in my rectory when I felt and heard what I thought was a huge sonic boom, which I supposed... More 

Pandemic can shake faith, question what we trust

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: April 17, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Holy Saturday, April 11, at the House of Formation in Little Rock. A few weeks ago, on March 27, Pope Francis led Catholics throughout the world in a special hour of prayer conducted in a rainstorm, right... More 

Access to God never less than on Good Friday

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: April 9, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily April 5 for Palm Sunday at the House of Formation. If you have read the story of the life and death of Blessed Stanley Rother, you may remember that he returned to Guatemala on the Saturday of Palm Sunday... More 

COVID-19 pandemic a vehicle for increased faith

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: April 3, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily March 29 at the House of Formation. Last week we had the story of the man born blind and I spoke of the Great Fast of Lent in the early Church, a time when people fasted not only from food, but also from... More 

This Great Fast reminds us Eucharist is a privilege

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: March 27, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily March 22 at the House of Formation. Lent is one of the great seasons of the liturgical year, 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to prepare us to celebrate the greatest truths of our faith, the death... More 

Lent a time of repentance for community, too

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

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Feb. 26. Today is Ash Wednesday and our readings today remind us that there is both an individual and a communal dimension to Lent. Usually we focus mainly — maybe even exclusively — on the... More