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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.

Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C
"Jesus tells us that he has come to give his sheep eternal life and that we shall never perish — meaning that even though death occurs, it has no lasting power over us. If you are looking for a shepherd able to support you in time of suffering and guide you through the final passage to the next life, then Jesus is all you really need."
Easter Vigil 2016
Jesus has set us free and enabled us to face our fears and bear our own crosses courageously so as to then wear a crown, sharing fully ourselves in the fruits of Jesus’ victory!
Good Friday Passion of the Lord 2016
Jesus rose victorious from this very tomb on Easter Sunday, but that was not the day the battle was won; it’s just the day we found out. The day Jesus won the battle was Friday, which is why we call that Friday "Good."
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper 2016
This new Passover instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper, in today's second reading, was followed by the death of the firstborn of all creation, the Son of God himself, which was the awful price paid to break Satan's stranglehold on every nation, not just Israel.
Chrism Mass 2016
According to Pope Francis, mercy is at the heart of our faith. Jesus Christ is the face of the Father's mercy. I would add that to embrace this truth, we have to have the humility to reverence the presence of the sacred in the imperfect situations that cry out for mercy in our world today.
Palm Sunday 2016
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the powers-that-be worked to turn public opinion against him for their own political advantage because his teachings threatened their interests.
Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year C
What our world needs is more people who are not only conscientious, but also wise, compassionate, understanding and kind. Lent is a time for us to give our conscience a checkup.
Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year C
Tough love has got to be medicinal, done for the ultimate good of the wayward person — or it’s not love at all.
Third Sunday of Lent, Year C
"Are there sinful behaviors that you've just sort of made your peace with, knowing full well that these deeds or attitudes are not worthy of the Lord? Think about it."
Ash Wednesday 2016
"So as we begin this Lent, let us recall not only our mortality symbolized by the ashes placed on our foreheads, but also our share in Jesus’ work of transforming of the world, building the kingdom of God in communion with Jesus and in communion with our fellow human beings."
Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal 2016  
On that day confessors will be available, the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed, and information will be available about many of the works of mercy in our diocese — mostly funded through your CASA donations.
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
"Like me and like Peter, you too may feel unworthy as a sinner, or incapable due to personal limitations, but that’s no excuse. When the Lord calls, the only proper answer is: 'Yes Lord! Yes, I’ll do whatever you ask in faith.'"
Arkansas Catholic Men’s Conference 2016
"Solomon has a lot to teach us today because we too have responsibility toward others — you as husbands and fathers; I and Archbishop Sartain as bishops. Yet it is often hard to know what to do in the concrete situations we face."
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Pope Francis has declared this year to be a great Jubilee Year of God's Mercy and in today's Gospel Jesus proclaims that bringing God's mercy to those in need is fundamental for his mission and thus for anyone who would follow him.
Mass for Life 2016
You and I are called to do all in our power to take the embarrassing and even frightening situation of unplanned pregnancy and turn it into a blessing, because we see what is wrong and refuse to keep silent.

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