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Recent Bishop Columns

Jesus will purify, mold us into what he intends

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 7, 2022   

When I was in high school, I worked in the press room of the Ponca City News, which at the time still used linotype machines. My job was to gather up all the used lead each day, melt it down in a huge cauldron, burn off the matting that had adhered to... More 

Jesus knew Zacchaeus’ sin and accepted him

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

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 famous American politicians because our Catholic faith and the future of our country matter to us.  We don’t... More 

Our story should be inclusive, humble, grateful

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 28, 2022   

Four hundred years ago the Pilgrims who landed on Plymouth Rock, after losing some of their number on the ship to the New World and before losing many more of their members to the cold of their first winter in America, took a pause in their struggle for... More 

Courageous believers who persevere will prevail

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

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 has begun coming home late from work, and you’re suspicious.... More 

In heaven, marriage as we think of it doesn’t exist

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 9, 2022   

Most knowledge comes to us by comparison to something we already know. For example, rattlesnake tastes like chicken, so if you've ever had chicken, you know how good rattlesnake will taste.  In a similar way, the Bible uses comparisons to... More 

Downward mobility leads to path of happiness

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 3, 2022   

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 the main challenge is to get from the ladder onto the roof without losing... More 

Mudslingers looking for attention, not truth

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 26, 2022   

At a certain age, kids love to throw things at each other, get each other really dirty. Say hitting your brother with a big, juicy rotten tomato right out of the garden — it makes a satisfying splat and a wonderful mess. Or a handful of mud, just... More 

Gratitude: Tell your spouse and parents thank you

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 19, 2022   

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 life. Most of us have jobs that depend on us being... More 

Learning self-sacrificing love by forming children

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 17, 2022   

One of the great tasks of life is to learn and become who we are to be. And we all know that this struggle to discover and establish one’s identity is especially acute during adolescence.  Your students often try on several identities as... More 

You can earn hell but cannot earn heaven

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

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 he will condemn to hell those who are rich but do nothing... More