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2018 showed the light is stronger than darkness

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: February 7, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this recorded homily Feb. 2-3 for the CASA kickoff.   This weekend began Saturday morning with the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as Candlemas Day since many parishes bless candles on this... More 

Daniel Rudd: ‘We need the Church; the Church wants us’

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 30, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Jan. 18 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock. Every year as we gather to observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King we also honor at least one... More 

Consistent ethic of life broad and interconnected

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 23, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Jan. 20 at the Mass for Life in the Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock. I’m sure most of you remember Pope Francis’ visit to the United States in 2015 — I was there and I... More 

Incense, candles, oil help us realize house of God

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 18, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Jan. 13 at the Blessed Sacrament Church dedication in Jonesboro. When I was in seminary I learned the theological meaning of the sacraments and how our celebration of the sacraments has evolved over time,... More 

Some prayers are worship; some are conversations

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 11, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Dec. 23. One of the first prayers that you and I learned as children was the Hail Mary, a prayer which some non-Catholics criticize for being directed to Mary rather than to God. Part of the problem... More 

Seminarians a sign of courage to the faithful

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 20, 2018   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Dec. 15. All of us are afraid of something — it is simply the human condition. What do you fear? Spiders, snakes, failure, displeasing others? The biggest fear that I see plaguing our youth these... More 

Waiting, preparing: Observe the season of Advents

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 13, 2018   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Dec. 9 for Lessons and Carols at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock. Last Sunday we began another Advent, a time of expectation, waiting for the arrival of our Savior. The word “ad-vent”... More 

Love is a choice, an act — not an emotion

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 7, 2018   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Nov. 4. What words would you like to have on your lips at the moment of death? Your plane is falling from the sky, you’re headed over the waterfall, your car is about to crash. Can you imagine... More 

Blind beggar demonstrates persistence, loyalty

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 30, 2018   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Nov. 19. In today’s Gospel we have the story of a blind beggar whose healing by Jesus has a lot to teach us as we gather to thank the Lord for his many blessings in our lives and to pray for our... More 

Unexpected delay in abuse proposal votes was ‘providential’

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 21, 2018   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor wrote this reflection following the General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 12-14. This past week the bishops of the United States met in Baltimore for our semi-annual general assembly. This year the... More