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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.

Monday, 28th Week of Ordinary Time, Cycle II
Published: Monday, October 10, 2016
... We need to create a culture of encounter to serve as an antidote to our godless, throwaway culture in which people who are seen as useless are cast aside: the unborn, the elderly, the immigrants, the poor, etc.
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Published: Saturday, October 1, 2016
God loves us not because we deserve his love, but rather because love is his very nature, so he loves everything he has created without distinction.
Red Mass 2016
Published: Friday, September 30, 2016
Let me share with you a secret that has given me a great deal of peace when I have had to deal with difficult, painful situations. I draw on that last gift of the Holy Spirit (the fear of the Lord) in this way: I remind myself consciously that the only one I have to please is the Lord.
Monday, 26th Week of Ordinary Time, Cycle II
Published: Monday, September 26, 2016
And so Jesus is saying, if you welcome the poor, ordinary people who have no power, few possessions and no prestige, people who count for nothing in the eyes of the world and need things done for them, you are welcoming me.
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Published: Sunday, September 25, 2016
If you ignore the poor at your doorstep: Watch out! The tables will soon be turned. We Americans live comfortably because of the exploitation of others, and not just people working almost as slaves producing cheap consumer goods in the sweatshops of far away China and India, where we feel we don’t have much control, but also right here in Arkansas.
Professional Day for Teachers Mass 2016
Published: Friday, September 23, 2016
For you Catholic educators, the path of Christian faithfulness requires that you do far more than merely execute lesson plans, control your students and hand out grades. You don’t just instruct your students, you also form them and help them deal with personal issues. You inspire them and motivate them to realize their full human potential.
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Published: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Generosity to the poor is what distinguishes a good rich person from an evil one. Jesus says, “Make friends for yourself with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
Saturday, 24th Week of Ordinary Time, Cycle II
Published: Saturday, September 17, 2016
But even though we miss the ball more often than we hit it — so to speak — God can make our best efforts bear far more fruit for the Lord than we could ever produce on our own: 30-, 60- and 100-fold — in our own lives and in the lives of others.
2016 St. Teresa of Kolkata Feast Day Mass
Published: Monday, September 5, 2016
In this, Mother Teresa is an eloquent icon of God's mercy and an inspiring example for us to follow. And so the Lord sends us forth from this celebration of Mother Teresa to feed the hungry like she did, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick and imprisoned and bury the dead.
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Published: Sunday, September 4, 2016
The cross calls us to stick out our neck and get involved. Meaning that we are called not only to morality but also to action, to doing our part to share in Jesus' work of building the Kingdom of God. And Mother Teresa, who is being canonized today, is an especially powerful witness to this.
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Published: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Ambition or dedication? This may be the greatest spiritual challenge that any of us ever face and your choice will impact every sector of your life. It is the choice between pursuing success as the world judges success, or placing yourself at the service of others in a way truly worthy of the Lord.
Friday, 19th Week of Ordinary Time, Cycle II
Published: Friday, August 12, 2016
Last week I sat next to a troubled 16 year old on a three-hour flight to California. He was traveling home to his mother following a month visiting his father in Florida. In the course of unburdening himself, he said his deepest wound — which has never healed — was inflicted by his parents’ divorce and his father’s subsequent remarriage when he was 4 years old.
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Published: Sunday, August 7, 2016
And what is true for me and my fellow bishops is true for every one of you as well. You have been given responsibility for a portion of the master’s household, be it in academia or in pastoral work or wherever. Be vigilant, you too will be called to account, for the master may come when you least expect.
Monday, 18th Week of Ordinary Time, Cycle II
Published: Monday, August 1, 2016
If we rely only on our own human ingenuity and merely human solutions, we are doomed to frustration and even burn out. But if, like Father Rother, we put our trust in God's providence, we will flourish ...
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Published: Sunday, July 31, 2016
There is an old proverb that says that "money is like seawater, the more a person drinks, the thirstier he becomes." So long as a person centers his life on his own struggles for self-sufficiency and forgets those in need, and the God who has made all this possible, his desire will always be to get more. This attitude, against which we all have to struggle, is the very reverse of Christianity.

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