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Recent Bishop Columns

The freedom to sin is result of invitation to holiness

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: February 28, 2024   

During the last century, 10 million people died in natural disasters and 400 million died as victims of human violence — a 1:40 ratio.  Ten million innocent victims of the forces of nature that God created — for instance, floods and... More 

When you pray, ask the Lord for an understanding heart

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: February 21, 2024   

Probably all of us have fantasized at one time or another about what we would ask for if we could get anything we wanted. A house we can't presently afford? Some accomplishment? Winning the Little Rock marathon? Usually, when we engage in such... More 

Selfless sacrifices are the cost of every great love

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: February 13, 2024   

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the presentation of the child Jesus in the Temple 40 days after his birth, and as we see in today's readings, this was a powerful moment in the life of the Holy Family.  They went to the Temple to comply... More 

When storms come, don’t forget to praise God

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: February 6, 2024   

There is no part of the world exempt from disasters. We have tornados, drought and most recently here in Arkansas, ice storms. Other places have hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and mudslides, and these are just the natural disasters, The... More 

Once I learned about Dr. King his dream became my dream

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 30, 2024   

Every child needs heroes, and one of my greatest heroes is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who I regard as one of the greatest Americans who ever lived — and all the more so these days when some in politics seem to be doing all in their power to fan... More 

We aren’t looking away when it comes to ending abortion

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 23, 2024   

When John F. Kennedy was elected our first Catholic president, many people worried that he and other Catholic politicians would not be able to keep their religious faith from influencing the decisions they would make once in office. Subsequent history... More 

Peace exists only when we work for common good

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 16, 2024   

Today — besides being the feast of Mary the Mother of God — is also the World Day of Prayer for Peace started by Pope Paul VI in 1967.  Peace is like love: we recognize it, but it is difficult to describe it. Love is calm, free, just... More 

We need a Savior and his name is Emmanuel

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 9, 2024   

What's in a name? Parents spend a lot of time deciding what name to give their children. Some names are chosen to honor beloved relatives, living or dead.  My middle name is Basil which is also the name of my father, my grandfather, my great-grandfather... More 

Your tomorrow created by choices made today

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 20, 2023   

There is no deed ever done in isolation. Every act is prepared by previous actions which make the deed in question possible, and which in turn make further deeds possible. And while nothing is done in isolation, the deed itself is a free act, sometimes... More 

Open hearts like Holy Family, have faith where it goes

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 12, 2023   

We celebrate the feast of the Annunciation and thus the beginning of Mary's pregnancy on March 25, nine months before Christmas, so it may surprise you that in December we return three times to the various annunciations of Jesus' birth.  And... More