Bishop Barbarito's Newspaper Columns


Living the Truth in Love: November – Much Before Us

The month of November is already upon us. This month brings with it a number of significant days, both for the Church and for our nation. November begins with the celebration of the Solemnity of All Saints and is followed the next day by the Commemoration of All Souls. This month will bring with it

Living the Truth in Love: Elizabeth of the Trinity – A Saint not a Demon

On October 16, Pope Francis will formally canonize Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, a Carmelite nun of the 20th century. While the Feast of Blessed Elizabeth is November 9, the day of her death, her canonization during this month draws special attention to Carmelite spirituality as October

Living the Truth in Love: Moved by Mercy

The month of October is already upon us.  October brings many significant things with it.  While not very obvious in southern Florida, October carries signs of life in the changing of the seasons to fall with beautiful colors and cooler weather.  In Florida, it is the beginning of the season when

Living the Truth in Love: Homily – Permanent Diaconate Ordination

  The Deacon – An Image of God’s Mercy     At the conclusion of May this year, there was in Rome, from May 27 through May 29, a special Jubilee for Deacons.  It was an occasion for deacons and their families from all around the world to make a pilgrimage to Rome in order to participate

Living the Truth in Love: Labor Day with Mother Teresa

Labor Day is upon us and brings with it the unofficial conclusion of the summer.  It is a day in our nation when we reflect upon the importance of labor by taking time off from work to be with our families and friends, especially before we begin a new year of work.  Memorial Day brought with it the

Living the Truth in Love: The Black Madonna

In my previous column, I reflected in regard to the terrible events of hatred and violence which have been present to us in our own nation and around the world. Unfortunately, in the interim, other such horrific events have occurred again including the brutal murder of an eighty-six year old French

Living the Truth in Love: He Hangs There From the Gallows

During the past weeks, we have faced horrific events of human violence within certain cities of our nation as well as within other parts of the world.  Hatred, prejudice and discrimination have displayed their evil manifestations before us in graphic manner.  It is somewhat coincidental, if not

Living the Truth in Love: Apostle of the Apostles

On July 22 we celebrate the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene.  On the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart this year, June 3, Pope Francis declared that the celebration of this great saint would be inscribed in the Roman Calendar with the rank of feast rather than memorial as it formerly had.  Nothing really

Living the Truth in Love: Witnesses to Liberty

On July 4 we will celebrate the birth of our great nation when its charter document, the Declaration of Independence, was enacted. Independence Day is a very significant one for our country and one that is extremely important today when so many threats to true freedom are present in our culture,

Living the Truth in Love: The Heart of the Year of Mercy

During the month of June we are at the midpoint of the year.  June’s centrality is evident in its containing the longest day of the year in terms of daylight.  In this regard, it is significant that June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  As we celebrate this Year of Mercy during the month