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Recent Bishop Columns

God wants us to choose good behaviors to be happy

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: August 10, 2022   

Parents want their kids to have long, happy lives. For this reason, they take steps: to protect their children from danger to see to it that they grow in ways that are physically and spiritually healthy to develop in them self-discipline, and  to... More 

After disappointment, shake dust off, move on

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

In today's Gospel, Jesus sends 72 disciples on a hike. They will be visiting a lot of towns and will be camping along the way.  Unlike us hikers today who plan carefully in order not to forget something we need, Jesus tells them to leave behind... More 

Called to lead with solicitude and authority

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: July 21, 2022   

In my years as a priest in Oklahoma, I've followed pastors who did well and had to fill in to replace a couple of pastors who did poorly. You'd think it might be better to follow someone who did poorly because then you could be a hero. But it... More 

Change inner attitudes to be a new person

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: July 13, 2022   

When preparing for my first confession I discovered a problem: you can't obey a beatitude because the beatitudes do not tell us what to do; they tell us how we should be: poor in spirit, humble, merciful, pure, peaceful, courageous.  Naturally... More 

Synodal process helps diocese discern, decide

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: July 5, 2022   

In a synodal style, we make decisions through discernment of what the Holy Spirit is saying through our whole community. This is a slow process requiring patience and deep listening guided by the Holy Spirit. This is a challenge for those of us who are... More 

Eucharistic Revival offers chance to grow in reverence

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: June 15, 2022   

Today we begin a three-year national process of Eucharistic Revival, during which we seek to grow in our understanding and appreciation of the Eucharist, the Body and Blood, soul and divinity of Jesus whom we receive and worship in every Mass.   It... More 

Have ‘special concern for those who need us most’

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: June 8, 2022   

Every seminarian preparing for ordination spends some time reflecting on what Scripture passages most reflect the mission to which the Lord is calling him. These passages usually show up in the readings chosen for their ordination ceremony, sort of as... More 

No excuse for Christians to have closed mind

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: May 25, 2022   

Today’s Gospel comes from Jesus’ Farewell Discourse, which took place during the Last Supper in the Gospel of John. After Jesus washed his disciples’ feet to emphasize the true nature of service, he then announced Judas’ betrayal... More 

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