Bishop Barbarito's Newspaper Columns


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

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