Bishop Barbarito's Newspaper Columns


Living the Truth in Love: Gravity and Grace

Homily - Chrism Mass Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola Tuesday, March 31, 2015   Simone Weil, a 20th century French philosopher and religious thinker, is the author of a series of personal reflections put together in a volume entitled, Gravity and Grace.  The premise of the reflection is

Living the Truth in Love: The Week of Mercy

Holy Week is upon us.  Beginning with Palm Sunday and concluding on Holy Saturday, Holy Week includes the Paschal Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, which immediately prepare us for the celebration of Easter.  Holy Week also includes the celebration of the Chrism Mass which

Living the Truth in Love: The Joy of Lent

One of the happy events of Lent takes place in every diocese around the world generally on the first Sunday of Lent.  This is the celebration of the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion by which catechumens, those who are to be baptized, confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the

Living the Truth in Love : Lent Can Be A Taxing Time

*Editor’s Note: the following columns originally appeared in the Feb. 16, 2007 issue of the Florida Catholic*     As much as we may want to avoid it, that time of the year has arrived when we seriously have to think about income taxes.  We have already received many forms in the mail both

Living the Truth in Love: Catholic Schools - Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

  Catholic Schools Week will begin on Sunday, January 25 and conclude on Sunday, February 1.  This is an important week for our Catholic schools as we celebrate their importance in the life of the Church and in our Diocese.  The theme for Catholic Schools Week this year is Catholic Schools –

Living the Truth in Love: Never – Maybe - When

As we grow through life our focus changes as our circumstances and years upon this earth do.  When we are young, life is something that is taken for granted and seems not only to have no limit of possibilities but no end as well. In fact, as young people we think that we are never going to die.

Living the Truth in Love: Wake Up the World

Advent is a season of rejoicing in the state of watchfulness which anticipates the coming of the Lord among us.  How fitting it is that the First Sunday of Advent begins a Year of Consecrated Life within the Church invoked by Pope Francis.  The year will conclude on February 2, 2016, the Feast of

Living the Truth in Love: Thanksgiving – A Regular Thing

There is a very humorous cartoon of a Pilgrim husband and wife speaking to each other as they walk away by themselves from the first Thanksgiving feast.  The wife says to her husband, "That was nice, but I wouldn’t want to make it a regular thing!"  Well, the Thanksgiving feast in our nation, from

Living the Truth in Love: God is Not Afraid of New Things

At the Mass for the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at which Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI, Pope Francis spoke some extraordinary words about conquering fear in our lives by recognizing what causes that fear.  He stressed that God is the center of our lives and

Living the Truth in Love: Thirty Years and Looking Forward

October 24th is a very significant and joyful day for the Diocese of Palm Beach.  It is the Thirtieth Anniversary of the establishment of this vibrant and still growing Diocese by St. Pope John Paul II.  Thirty years ago, with the Diocese of Venice to our west, we came into existence with our