Howdy from Texas! My name is Dr. Taylor Marshall.
This is my personal blog. It’s a blog about Catholic culture. I believe that Western culture has fallen to shambles. I hope that you share this conviction with me. However, I’m not pessimistic about it. I also believe that the culture can be won back by employing supernatural means. Souls can be saved by promoting a rediscovery of Catholic philosophy, theology, history, art, literature, and liturgy for the greater honor and worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Why Do I Write Blog Posts?
My goal is to help readers answer this question: “How is the Holy Spirit asking me to restore all things in Christ?” I believe that God has appointed every baptized person with a special gift and a goal. As Saint Peter taught: “As every man hath received grace, ministering the same one to another: as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10, D-R) I hope that the articles and posts produced here will inspire you and others to work for the great restoration of all things in Christ.
How Often Do I Post?
I post about five times every week on topics ranging from saints, liturgy, Thomistic philosophy, theology, the Church Fathers, and one of my favorite topics, Mariology. I put out a new free podcast every Wednesday, which you can listen to here.
This Blog is About a Community of People
It is becoming apparent that we live in a hostile post-Christian culture. Recall the sons of Issachar in the Old Testament: “Also of the sons of Issachar men of understanding, that knew all times to order what Israel should do.” (1 Chron 12:32, D-R) Do you know the signs of this time? Do you know what we should do? The most important aspect of this blog is the people who belong to the “commenting community.” When you read the posts, please leave a comment. By leaving a comment, you join this cultural “Great Conversation” of our time.
What’s the Best Way to Join?
The best way to join in on our cultural conversation is to subscribe to this blog by email. When you do so, you will receive an email almost daily from me. You have my guarantee that your email address will never be shared with anyone! Also, I’m not selling anything or asking for money. This is not a business. It’s just a blog. Don’t worry. Please sign up and you’ll receive a helpful and interesting post about five times a week. If you don’t like it, you can easily withdraw with no questions asked. There is a convenient unsubscribe button available to you if you want to unsubscribe, but I don’t think that you will unsubscribe. There are over 4,000 people signed up for the daily blog posts and they love it!
If you’re new to this site, you may want to explore some of the most popular posts. Below are some popular posts from the last year or so. This should give you an idea of what we discuss on this blog:
- Why You Should Wear the Miraculous Medal
- Padre Pio’s Mysterious Encounters with Souls from Purgatory
- How to Spring a Soul from Purgatory in 4 Steps
- The Four Sins that Cry to Heaven (America Has Failed Four for Four)
- Clapping in the Liturgy? Pope Benedict weighs in…
- Which Act of Contrition Should We Pray in Confession?
- How the Stigmata of St Francis differed from that of St Pio (fleshy nails)
- Should We Say Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit? Is there a difference?
- 6 Reasons Why Contraception is Sinful and Contrary to God’s Will
- Why did Jesus Christ ride a donkey on Palm Sunday?
- The Apparition of Mary to Caesar Augustus at Christmas
- Top 10 Quotes from Saint Teresa of Avila
- How Charlemagne Discovered the Relics of Saint Anne the Mother of Mary
- The Incorruptible Tongue of St Anthony of Padua
- If America were a fully Catholic country, here is what it might look like…(this was one of my favorites of 2012 because it ruffled the feathers of Commonweal Magazine – a publication that I loathe)
- Mary’s Special Role for Those in Purgatory
- About the Pope’s Secret Cardinals in pectore
- The Dress Code for the Vatican – Should it be Universal?
Who is Taylor Marshall? My Personal Bio
Let me share just a little bit about myself. I married my best friend Joy whom I met on a blind date to Christmas concert. Since then Joy and I have welcomed seven children into the world. I keep an official “List of Goals to Accomplish Before I Die,” and having eight children has always been on that list. Now that we’re at seven, we’re closing in on that number. If God wills it, we break through that number. We’re Catholic and we love children. “And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me.” (Matthew 18:5, D-R)
Before we became Catholic, I served as an Episcopal priest in Fort Worth, Texas. Joy and I with the children entered into the Catholic Church at the hands of Bishop Kevin Vann of Fort Worth on May 23, 2006.
After entering the Catholic Church, I served in Washington DC as the Assistant Director of the Catholic Information Center near the White House. I have since appeared on EWTN’s The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi, Catholic Answers Live, Al Kresta in the Afternoon, Brian Patrick’s Sonrise Morning Show, and a number of other shows. While in Washington DC, I began lecturing on the Old Testament and Catholicism. These lectures turned into a book and then into a trilogy of books:
You guessed it: Writing a book was also on my ”List of Goals to Accomplish Before I Die.” In 2011, I accomplished another dream that I had written on my list of goals. I earned a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Dallas. I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation titled: “Thomas Aquinas on Natural Law and the Twofold Beatitude of Humanity.” (I’m looking for a publisher for it, if you know anyone.) I’m a rocked-ribbed Thomist and I believe that Thomism is at the heart of everything great in Catholic culture.
I am also a graduate of Texas A&M University (BA, Philosophy – Whooop!), Westminster Theological Seminary (MAR, Systematic Theology), Nashotah Theological House (Certificate in Anglican Studies), and the University of Dallas (MA, Philosophy)
We live in Irving, Texas a suburb between Dallas and DFW airport. Our home is full of people and love. Thank you for exploring this “About” page. I hope that you found it informative. May God bless you and I hope that you find this site useful.
Read a brief account of Taylor’s conversion from the Episcopal priesthood to the Catholic Church.
Click on the triangular “play” button above.
Here’s a video of the baptism of our sixth child:
Taylor Speaking at Fullness of Truth