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Living the Truth in Love: Mother of Mercy

The formal Lenten message of Pope Francis this year, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice (Mt 9:13), centers on his emphasis of mercy during this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.  The Pope begins his message by stressing that he had asked that the season of Lent be lived more intensely during this

Living the Truth in Love: Where There is No Love – There is No Justice

As we continue to celebrate this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, we concentrate on God's infinite love which goes beyond the limits of our imagination.  As Pope Francis has consistently emphasized, it is the mercy of God which always takes precedence in His dealing with us and it is mercy which

Living the Truth in Love: The Ecstasy and Terror of Being Chosen

Another great Pope of the 20th century is Paul VI, who is on the road to canonization as he was beatified by Pope Francis on the occasion of the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family on October 19, 2014.  In his homily for the Mass of Beatification, Pope Francis expressed, ". . . the

Living the Truth in Love: Mother Teresa in the New Year

A new year has begun and many things will be before us.  One of them will be the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta as a saint of the Church.  Truly the announcement of her canonization, due to the affirmation of another miracle performed through her, is very welcome news.  Mother Teresa

Living the Truth in Love: The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called for an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy within the Church which is to begin on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and conclude on the Solemnity of Christ the King, November 20, 2016.  In the Bull of

Living the Truth in Love: Thanksgiving is the Heart of Our Nation

We celebrate Thanksgiving this year shortly following the visit of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to the United States.  On the occasion of his visit, he was the first Pope ever to address the Congress of the United States.  This certainly was an historical occasion and one for which we are very

Living the Truth in Love: November - The Spirit of Life and Freedom

The month of November is already upon us.  Many of our winter residents have returned to southern Florida and we offer a warm welcome to them.  With the upcoming celebration of Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays quickly coming, November has a different sense and pace to it.  The month began

Living the Truth in Love: The Gift of Family

As I write this column, the Synod on the Family is underway in Rome.  It officially began on Sunday, October 4, and will conclude on Sunday, October 25, following the publication of this issue of the Florida Catholic.  While we may be reading many things about what is being discussed at the Synod,

Living the Truth in Love: The Visit of Pope Francis

It was a great privilege and joy for me to be in Washington, DC, with Pope Francis for his visit and talk with the bishops of the United States as well as for the Mass which he celebrated at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the canonization of Junipero Serra.  It was a beautiful

Living the Truth in Love: Called by Name (Homily from Deaconate Ordination)

Bishop Barbarito’s Homily - Permanent Diaconate Ordination, Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola, September 12, 2015   We are blessed with another class of fine men who will be ordained as Permanent Deacons for the Diocese of Palm Beach this morning.  John Paul, Normand, José and Raymond have