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Living the Truth in Love: Pause, See, Return

Pope Francis has spoken on several occasions regarding three of his favorite words – please, thank you and sorry. He has reflected how these words are simple ones but profound ones in regard to our relationship with God, each other and life in general. Pope Francis has frequently spoken of the

Living the Truth in Love: The Truth Will Set You Free

The season of Lent is a graced time in which we prepare to celebrate the Paschal mystery of the fullness of life bestowed upon us in the Resurrection of Christ. This forty day period, which affords us an opportunity to grow in our knowledge of ourselves and of the Lord's presence within our lives,

A Statement from Bishop Gerald Barbarito on the Tragic Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

  Statement from Bishop Barbarito Tragic Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School   Once again we are stunned by horrific violence in another school shooting at Marjory Stoneman DouglasHigh School, this time within our State and neighboring to us in Parkland, Florida.  As a

Living the Truth in Love: Come Fly with Me – The Friendly Skies of Pope Francis

I recently wrote a column in which I reflected upon Pope Francis' frequent use of public transportation, especially the subway, when he was Archbishop of Argentina. It appears that the subway gave him time to reflect as well as to travel to the peripheries of both territory and human nature of which

Living the Truth in Love: Pope Francis' Beatitudes

The Bishops of Regions IV and XIV, which include all of the bishops on the eastern seaboard from Florida up to Washington DC, recently completed their annual retreat at the Bethany Retreat Center in Tampa, Florida. As in past years, I was privileged to be part of this retreat with my brother

Living the Truth in Love: The Pope's Pizza

We are already almost two weeks into the new year and just about halfway through the month of January. The holidays are quickly receding into the past and new year’s resolutions we made may also be quickly receding there as well. They say that time goes more quickly as one gets older and certainly

Living the Truth in Love: Glory to God - Peace on Earth

"Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests." These words of the angels to the shepherds at the Birth of Christ in Bethlehem are the words addressed to all of us on this Christmas. The two parts of the angels' message go hand in hand: the first – Glory to God,

Living the Truth in Love: Advent: Understanding More Mary's Immaculate Conception

It is fitting that we focus our attention on Mary during the season of Advent as we prepare for the celebration of the Birth of her Son. She is truly the central figure of the Advent Season for, through her consent, the Son of God was conceived in her womb and born at Bethlehem. Her quiet life

Living the Truth in Love: The Newness of Life Each Day

This year, the season of Advent is as short as it can be. Since the final Sunday of Advent is December 24, which coincides with Christmas Eve, Advent is basically just three weeks this year. In fact, the Vigil Masses for the final Sunday of Advent are those of the Solemnity of Christmas which means

Living the Truth in Love: At the Heart of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us. It is a day when we get together with our families to give thanks to God for the many blessings we have received. Thanksgiving is a national holiday and one which reminds us of the blessings bestowed upon us in our great nation. As the Christmas season draws nearer, with its