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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.

Feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr
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 — so long as a person aggressively affirms himself, his desire will always be to get more. This attitude, against which we all have to struggle, is the very reverse of Christianity.
Faithful Citizenship 2016
Regarding the options that are available to us this year, all the parties take positions that are contrary to our faith, and in the case of some candidates, there are serious questions of character. For this reason, some people will vote for one party for president and the other for Congress in the hope that they will sort of keep each other in check. But gridlock is itself a big problem.
Feast of St. Teresa of Ávila, Virgin, Doctor of the Church
So at the same time that northern Europe was in so much religious turmoil, the already-reformed Spanish Church became the strongest proponent of the counter-Reformation, the reform of the rest of the Church from within following the Council of Trent. And the foundation laid by St. Teresa, along with St. John of the Cross and St. Ignatius Loyola, were a big part of the reason why.
Feast of St. Callistus I, Pope and Martyr
As Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre, it is our duty to do what we can to set things right and it is Jesus emerging from that holy sepulchre on Easter Sunday morning who teaches us how to conduct this battle.
Monday, 28th Week of Ordinary Time, Cycle II
... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.