Bishop Barbarito's Newspaper Columns


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

Living the Truth in Love: Masterpieces of God’s Creation

October is a month that has a different meaning in Florida that it does in many other parts of our country and especially the Northeast.  As the season of autumn quickly comes upon us, we do not experience the changes that takes place in nature such as much cooler days setting in or the

Living the Truth in Love: The Looming Shadows of 9/11

Just two weeks ago we commemorated the 13th anniversary of the horrendous September 11th terrorist attack upon our nation which brought down the massive Twin Towers in New York City as well as assailing the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and crashing a commercial airline flight in western

Living the Truth in Love: Take Up the Heart of Christ: Homily given at the Diaconate Ordination, Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola, Sept. 2014

My brothers, Frank, John and Wayne, it is a great joy for me to be with you, your wives, your families and all gathered here at St. Ignatius Cathedral on this significant day. It is also a great joy to be with my brother priests and deacons gathered for this occasion on which these three men will

Living the Truth in Love: Some Tips from the Pope

One of the practices that Pope Francis has undertaken during the past year is to grant personal interviews with newspapers, magazines and other sources of news media.  Ever since his interview with the press corps on his flight back from World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro last July, the Pope has