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Three epiphanies, not one, in the Lord’s ministry

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

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Jan. 11 for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass in Little Rock. One of the things I was surprised to learn in seminary is that there were three epiphanies of the Lord, three “manifestations”... More 

Holy Family a model for how to say yes to his will

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

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily at the Come and See retreat in Little Rock Dec. 29. Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family and each year at this time we have the opportunity to thank God for the families he gave us. There... More 

Tenderness of our mother Mary helps us endure

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 19, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Dec. 12 for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Spanish conquest was very bad for the indigenous people of Mexico. Before 1521 the people certainly had their troubles, but they also had hopes and dreams.... More 

Plan for future, but ultimately it’s in God’s hands

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 13, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Dec. 6 for the building dedication at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers. In today’s Gospel, Jesus sends 72 disciples on a hike. They will be visiting a lot of towns and will be camping along... More 

Let Jesus drive you to your ultimate destination

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 6, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Dec. 1. All of my vacations as a child were trips with my parents to visit my grandparents in Fort Worth. We’d pile all nine of us into the station wagon and set out from Ponca City in northern Oklahoma... More 

Will you choose career for yourself or a vocation?

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 27, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Nov. 1 at Catholic High School and Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock. Today and tomorrow we call to mind our special bond with believers who have passed from this life to the next, a bond which we... More 

Three things to do when overwhelmed

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 22, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Nov. 17. What do you do when you feel overwhelmed by big problems? Your son takes up with a woman who is nothing but trouble. Your troublesome in-laws are coming to visit for three months. Your husband... More 

Invite Jesus in and he will stay with you always

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 15, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Nov. 3. You and I know the names of those who are important to us, whether we know them personally or not. We know the names of our pope and the major candidates for president because our Catholic faith... More 

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