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Basic role of a priest is to sacrifice

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: April 8, 2021   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily during the Chrism Mass at Christ the King Church in Little Rock March 29. Every year we gather for this Chrism Mass to thank God for the gift of priesthood which we share and to bless the oils to be used... More 

Make sure to plant, tend to the harvest

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: March 30, 2021   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily March 21. "Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit." That is, if the grain of wheat has life within it, it... More 

Different versions and authors but same message in Bible

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: February 26, 2021   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Dec. 13. One of the nicest things about the Bible is that we often get different versions of the same story as told by different authors. The details will vary, but the content is always true. For instance,... More 

Authority of Jesus rooted in truth, persuasion

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

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Jan. 31. Today’s Gospel speaks of the authority of Jesus. “The people were spellbound by his teaching because he taught with authority and not like the scribes.” Obviously Jesus did not... More 

Jesus as a teen: He grew in wisdom, strength

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: February 5, 2021   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Dec. 27. You and I carry in our minds two primary pictures of Jesus. At Christmas we think of him as a little baby, but the rest of the year we think of him as a fully grown man and in the process forget... More 

At heart of call to follow Jesus is inclusion

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 28, 2021   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Jan. 3. Most of us have had the experience of being excluded from some group that we wanted to belong to. I was not part of the "in crowd" in high school, and it hurt when former friends no longer... More 

Don’t be silent on abortion or any pro-life issue

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 19, 2021   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Jan. 17 for the Mass for Life. On Jan. 20, 1961 -- almost exactly 60 years ago -- John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the first and, until three days from now, only Catholic president of our country. At... More 

Non-violent resistance best option to confront evil

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 13, 2021   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered his homily Jan. 10. Most people think that there exist only two basic options when confronted with evil: fight or flight. Resistance or retreat. Giving aggressors a taste of their own medicine or tucking one's... More 

A dirty year: Take ownership of brokenness

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 8, 2021   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Jan. 1. The saying “cleanliness is next to godliness” is about as big a lie as you'll ever hear. Cleanliness has nothing to do with godliness. You'd be a lot closer to the truth if... More 

Jesus can free you from your problems

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

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Dec. 6. One thing I learned in seminary was that as a preacher of God's word, my role is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, to help those who have it bad and to get those... More