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The foolish fail to confront, contain evil until it’s too late

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 7, 2021   

Eighty years ago this week, an event occurred that ended our reluctance to confront the greatest axis of evil in all of human history.  We had spent the previous decade watching idly as Japan, Germany and Italy invaded nation after nation, exploiting,... More 

Three steps to prepare for Jesus’ second coming

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 1, 2021   

Time is flexible: the same amount of time can feel long or short. Happy years fly quickly but anxious days creep by slowly. My 13 happy years so far in Arkansas seem like a single day. This is the beginning of Advent, which has two parts because it's... More 

Values of the Kingdom of God differ from those of the world

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 24, 2021   

One of the things we do to make sense of complex realities is to use labels. For instance, we say Democrats are liberal and Republicans conservative. The problem is that labels inevitably distort the truth. Conservative means wanting to conserve the status... More 

The Lord uses times of loss to draw us closer to him

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 17, 2021   

On today’s feast of All Souls, we remember and pray for all of the faithful departed, and especially our own family members and friends. And many of us gathered here today are still grieving a recent loss. Some of our losses are loved ones who... More 

What should ‘In God we trust’ really mean?

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 10, 2021   

There are four short words on all American money that used to fill me with pride, but are now no longer even the truth — if they ever were. The words are “In God We Trust.”  Some of us do trust in God, but as a nation we don't.... More 

Marriage isn't contract you can just back out of, dissolve

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 3, 2021   

I’m sure most of us have had the experience of making a cake. When you gather all the ingredients and mix them all together, there is no going back -- you can’t separate out the eggs and sugar once they have been mixed with the flour and water. You... More 

Tithing is a sign that everything we own belongs to God

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 27, 2021   

I think it is safe to say that almost everyone wants to live a good, happy life. Some people succeed in improving their circumstances, but others do not -- even if they work just as hard. And what is often the biggest difference between these two groups... More 

Synod chance to journey together as an inclusive Church

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 21, 2021   

Last month Pope Francis announced a two-year process of reflection beginning in Rome Oct. 10 leading up to a meeting of the Synod of Bishops to take place in October 2023. He announced that first there would be a diocesan phase of reflection between now... More 

God wants marriage as covenant, not a contract

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 12, 2021   

“The joy of the Lord is my strength.” That is the theme for this gathering of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, an annual gathering which always takes place on the weekend closest to the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, who is one of the... More 

Live right, do what you can to stay out of hell, purgatory

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 6, 2021   

Msgr. Cecil Finn died in Tulsa at age 85 after almost 60 years of service as a priest in Oklahoma. As a young man, he was a great athlete, and even in old age, he swam daily. He was handsome, highly regarded and had many friends. He used to say that... More