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Bishop Anthony B. Taylor celebrates Mass across Arkansas and beyond. This library features the homilies delivered from March 2014 to the present. To listen to earlier homilies, please visit the bishop's Homily Archive.

Confirmation: Fear of the Lord 2017
Published: Sunday, February 12, 2017
(God) has a plan for your life which you will discover if you draw on the gifts you receive today and dedicate yourself to making the doing of his will the number one priority in your life.
Arkansas Catholic Men’s Conference 2017
Published: Saturday, February 4, 2017
One reason eucharistic adoration was so popular among young couples in a parish I served in Oklahoma was that this was just about the only hour of peace and quiet many of these couples got that entire week. It was a time for Jesus to recharge their batteries. It was a time for the Lord to give them insights about how best to parent the little lambs entrusted to their care.
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Saturday, February 4, 2017
We are to be the salt of the earth: to preserve and protect and build up our world — both materially and spiritually, within the Church and in society. We do this by proclaiming the Gospel of Life and the intrinsic worth of the human person from the first moment of conception to natural death.
Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal 2017
Published: Thursday, February 2, 2017   
Today I invite you to be salt and light, to do your share in the building of the kingdom of God. We do it in union with Jesus and as members of his body the Church, hence our annual Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal (CASA).
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Many parents fail to discipline their children out of a misguided fear that humbling them will somehow harm their self-esteem, when in fact the opposite is true. Discipline and clear consistent boundaries make children feel secure and give them a solid foundation on which true self-esteem can be built.
Mass for Life 2017
Published: Sunday, January 22, 2017
The right to life is a seamless garment encompassing all of life, from the first moment of conception to natural death, and that any violation of human life and human dignity is contrary to our faith and must be actively opposed.
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017
In other words, that you be pure of heart, patient and understanding. This will make all the difference in the world when dealing with difficulties in your family, at work, in your parish and in the larger community.
Funeral of Father John Michael Payne, OCD
Published: Monday, January 16, 2017
He was human and sincere and that is what made him so dear to me ... and to you. It was also a reflection of his closeness to God. And so it is with faith and confidence that we entrust him to the Lord whose love is everlasting and who has given us the gift of eternal life.
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Published: Sunday, January 15, 2017
John’s role was to prepare for Jesus’ first coming … ours is to prepare for his second coming! Meaning that we too must name and condemn the evils of our day, get people — including ourselves — to reform their lives so as to receive forgiveness from Jesus ...
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass
Published: Saturday, January 14, 2017
It is one thing to talk about racism in the abstract, but quite another go to the museum at Central High School and see photos of grim faced teenagers enduring taunts as they tried to go to school and photos of terrified adults being attacked by dogs in Selma.
Epiphany of the Lord 2017
Published: Saturday, January 7, 2017
We also believe in miracles and in apparitions of the saints, and encounter God in our worship and through the sacraments. We are a Church of theologians and mystics. Our beliefs are clearly articulated, but in living our faith we are encouraged to follow our star down whatever path the Spirit of God leads us.
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 2017
Published: Sunday, January 1, 2017
So Jan. 1 is many things. A time for resolutions and to watch football. But more than this, it is a day to honor the Blessed Mother, the queen of peace, a day to recall the circumcision of the Prince of Peace, and a day to pray for peace in our world, in our families and in our own hearts.
Seventh Day of Christmas, Year A
Published: Saturday, December 31, 2016
I began to pray more starting in 11th grade, working up eventually to 20 minutes a day, usually in the morning before going to school. This time with the Lord helped me to gradually hear his word more clearly, the word he had planted in my heart, the call he had for my life, my vocation, my role in his plan. I hope that this time together will do the same thing for you: give you courage and lead you to greater insight.
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph 2016
Published: Friday, December 30, 2016
But notice how appropriate that is for the ordination of two men who belong to a monastic community — indeed, a monastic family — and as such a community called  to be a holy family modeled on that of the original Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) 2016
Published: Sunday, December 25, 2016
We have that Savior — he is Jesus, whose very name means God saves. He was born on Christmas. Welcome him into your heart. The darkness will dissipate and his light will grow in you and fill you with hope, meaning and purpose the more you conform your life to his. Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us. He is the light that is stronger than any darkness we will ever have to face.

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