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Recent Bishop Columns

Seminarians heard voice of God and are following him

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: May 18, 2022   

When I was little, there were many children living near our house, and we spent lots of time playing together outside. When it was time to eat, my dad would whistle for us to come home. My friends’ parents called their names, but my Dad whistled... More 

Life can be empty when we stray from Jesus

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: May 12, 2022   

Have you had the experience of getting committed to something that really moved your heart and then, for whatever reason losing that fervor and then realizing how empty your life had become as a result, returning to that original commitment with newfound... More 

Fear common theme in Easter season readings

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: May 4, 2022   

Fear is the first, last and  —  along with love  —  one of the two most basic human emotions. We are born screaming for fear, even sincere believers die with a certain amount of fear of the unknown, and in between we face... More 

Getting angry with God actually very bad idea

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: April 27, 2022   

When Jesus’ disciples asked how to pray, the Lord’s Prayer was his answer. Recently, the phrase “hallowed be thy name” keeps surfacing as kind of pivot around which the rest of my prayer revolves — I spoke about this last... More 

With Eucharist we are ‘mandated’ to serve others

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: April 20, 2022   

Today begins the sacred Triduum, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday — the days when evil did its worst, but Jesus rose victorious and now offers us a share in his victory. The first of these days has an older name which some of you... More 

Jesus’ mission statement is same for priests today

Published: April 13, 2022   

One of the first things we try to do when putting together a parish council constitution is trying to come up with a mission statement.  A lot of companies in the business world do this as well. The idea is to give us a clear idea of our values,... More 

Advice: Gain accurate spiritual knowledge

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: April 6, 2022   

If you own stock or mutual funds, they send you all kinds of reports to keep you informed and increase your confidence in their management of your funds. But do you sit down and read all that stuff? I find it hard to understand. I don’t know how... More 

Story of loving father reveals sins of selfish sons

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: March 30, 2022   

If you've taken Psychology 101 you know that birth order influences how we see ourselves and is a factor in sibling rivalry.  There are many exceptions, but the usual pattern is for the oldest child to be the responsible one. He has two goals:... More 

Lent time to produce good fruit worthy of the Lord

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: March 23, 2022   

For five years, between 1988 and 1993, I was the priest the Archbishop of Oklahoma City sent to parishes that had unexpected vacancies due to the death or illness of their pastor.  In one of these parishes, there were conflicts among the employees,... More 

Jesus demands we experience inconvenience, obedience

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: March 16, 2022   

In today’s Gospel, we have Luke’s version of Jesus’ call of his first disciples, and two themes appear clearly: obedience and a break with the past that changes their lives forever. Up to now, Jesus has been teaching and working miracles.... More