Bishop Barbarito's Newspaper Columns


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

Living the Truth in Love : The Visitations of Mary

The month of May is quickly coming to a close.  May is dedicated in a special way to our Mother, Mary, who leads us to her Son so that we might know His mercy and joy in our lives.  The Diocese of Palm Beach is especially blessed to have Mary as Queen of the Apostles for our Patroness.  On the First

Living the Truth in Love : Priesthood Ordination: The Priest – In the Person of Christ

Priesthood Ordination: of Deacon Robert Pope, Jr. and Deacon James Scott Adams Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola May 7, 2016   The Priest – In the Person of Christ   Today is a very significant one for the Church in the Diocese of Palm Beach as we ordain two fine men, Deacon Bob

Living the Truth in Love : Kindred Spirits of Mercy

Recently two writings of Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI have come to our attention.  While these writings are very different in nature and scope, they have a striking similarity especially in regard to expressing the depth of God's mercy and reveal very much the similarity of mind and

Living the Truth in Love: Chrism Mass Homily – The Priest – A Door of Mercy

CHRISM MASS HOMILY CATHEDRAL OF ST. IGNATIUS LOYOLA                                         TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016    As we celebrate this Chrism Mass we do so during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has invoked.  For all of us this morning, it is

Living the Truth in Love: The Holy Door of the Empty Tomb

We celebrate the Lord's Resurrection during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.  The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the ultimate manifestation of God's mercy as revealed upon the Cross.  By coming into this world and taking our human nature to Himself, God truly became one of us and experienced all

Living the Truth in Love: St. Joseph the Dreamer During Holy Week

The celebration of Palm Sunday and Holy Week begins this year immediately following the celebration of the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on Saturday, March 19.  This Solemnity will be the third anniversary of the installation of Pope Francis as the Universal Shepherd