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Bishop Barbarito's Newspaper Columns

Living the Truth in Love - Pope Francis – A Salesian at Heart

One of the saints that is special to Pope Francis is St. John Bosco.  Pope Francis has made mention of him on several occasions.  Just last year in his Wednesday audience, the Pope pointed to the upcoming Feast of St. John Bosco on the next day, January 31, and referred to the tremendous influence

Living the Truth in Love - The New Year - A Journey of Hope

We are already more than a week into the new year.  As we planned for this significant year of 2020, we have made resolutions to improve ourselves as we journey through it.  We know from experience that many of those resolutions will not come to pass.  What is important for the new year is not so

Living the Truth in Love - An Enchanting Image

The center of our celebration at Christmas is the reality that God became one of us, born of the Virgin Mary in a stable at Bethlehem under the poorest of conditions.  The Nativity scene, captured in so many different ways and manners of art and seen at this time on so many Christmas cards and other

Living the Truth in Love - The Baptist Follows Mary

This year, December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, falls on the Second Sunday of Advent.  Because of the priority of the Sundays of Advent, the Solemnity, while not a Holy Day of Obligation this year, is transferred to Monday, December 9.  The Mass for the Second Sunday of Advent

Living the Truth in Love - To Cry out, to walk, to give thanks

The date for Thanksgiving in our nation is fixed for the fourth Thursday of November which causes the celebration this year to be as late as possible on November 28.  Because of this, we have more time to spend in preparation for this uniquely American holiday free from the rushing around that

Living the Truth in Love - I Dwell Among the People

November, which begins with the Solemnity of All Saints immediately followed by the Commemoration of All Souls, is the month in which we remember all those who have gone before us.  In a special way during this month, we are reminded of the purpose of our journey in this life which is to be united

Living the Truth in Love - Thirty-five Years - a Eucharistic People

It does not seem like ten years since we celebrated the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of our vibrant and growing Diocese of Palm Beach.  Ten years seems to have quickly gone by and October 24th marks our Thirty-fifth Anniversary. The Diocese of Palm Beach came into existence with our territory having

Living the Truth in Love - Choose Joy… Alive in the Spirit

Every September, I very much enjoy celebrating Mass for our three Catholic high schools in order to invoke the gifts of the Holy Spirit upon the new school year and to have the opportunity to welcome the students back to school.  I also enjoy granting an extra holiday for the school year which has

Living the Truth in Love - God has a Human Face

The following two Sundays are significant ones in regard to the life of the Church.  The first, September 29, is Priesthood Sunday which is set aside to reflect upon and affirm the life and role of the priest in the life of the Church.  The second, October 6, is Respect Life Sunday which begins the

Living the Truth in Love - Promises to Keep

Diaconate Ordination Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola September 7, 2019 – 11:00 AM We are grateful to God for the safety we experienced this week as we escaped the fierce effects of Hurricane Dorian.  We pray in a very special way today for all those so tragically affected by the storm