Bishop Barbarito's Newspaper Columns


Living the Truth in Love: It is Christ Who Transforms Us

To some of us, it may seem like just yesterday that the forty days of Lent began.  Perhaps to others, the time may seem longer.  All of us can reflect on what these days have brought to us as we celebrate the new life which the Lord has gained for us in His Resurrection. Perhaps we took up

Living the Truth in Love: What Our Lord Saw from the Cross

The month of April is upon us. We have already passed the midway point of Lent and we are quickly heading to the celebration of Easter and the Paschal mystery. Our preparation for Easter during this season of Lent will truly bear much fruit in the new life we celebrate in the Lord's Resurrection.

Living the Truth in Love: Super Pope and Normal Person

It has been one full year since Pope Francis was elected as Supreme Shepherd of the Church on March 13, 2013, and formally installed on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 2013. From the very beginning, as he appeared at the balcony in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis has touched the hearts of

Living the Truth in Love: A Lenten Recipe - Please, Thank You, Sorry

Following the tradition of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has issued a Lenten message for this year.  The Pope chose as his theme the words of St. Paul, "He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich" (2 Cor 8:9).  In his message, Pope

Living the Truth in Love: The Grace of the Present Moment

We are now more than halfway through the month of February.  Christmas and the holidays now seem long passed and Easter this year is still quite a bit away.  We have not yet begun the season of Lent.  The Church refers to this time of year as "Ordinary Time" but does not mean ordinary in the

Living the Truth in Love:The Gift of the Sacraments

In January, Pope Francis began a series of his Wednesday audiences on the subject of the sacraments.  He began with the sacrament of Baptism and emphasized its importance as the sacrament on which our very faith is founded and which grafts us as living members to Christ and His Body, the Church. 

Living the Truth in Love: Out of Darkness

National Migration Week, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, took place at the beginning of this month, from January 5 through January 11. National Migration Week always coincides with the Feast of the Epiphany, in which Christ is revealed through the Star of Bethlehem

Living the Truth in Love: The Fraternity of the Family

Every year, on New Year's Day, the Pope gives the world a message for the World Day of Peace.  Pope Francis gave us his first this year which is entitled, Fraternity, The Foundation and Pathway to Peace.  In his message, the Pope stresses many of the messages which he has given to us in the

Living the Truth in Love: We Dare to Hope

   The first Preface of the Mass for the season of Advent has a beautiful phrase which truly sums up the spirit of Christmas.  The Preface reflects upon the two Comings of Christ.  The first is that which we celebrate today when Christ took on our human nature and opened for us the way to

Living the Truth in Love: The Peaceable Kingdom

            During this season of Advent, many of the readings for Mass, both on Sundays and during the week, are from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah.  One of the images which Isaiah presents is that of the peaceable kingdom where all people of different nations will live in harmony coming