Bishop Barbarito’s Living the Truth in Love Columns

Living the Truth in Love - The Season of Advent – A Season of Prayer

The season of Advent is upon us.  During this season we look forward to the coming of Christmas as we recognize Christ’s presence among us through His becoming one of us in His Incarnation. We associate Advent with expectation as we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth.  We also

Living the Truth in Love - Thanksgiving for the Three Ts

The Vatican and Popular Movements from around the world met virtually in October to discuss topics Pope Francis addressed in his new encyclical, Fratelli tutti.  The Pope has met with and written to members of Popular Movements on several occasions since the beginning of his pontificate.

Living the Truth in Love Fratelli tutti – We Are All Brothers and Sisters

On October 4 this year, Pope Francis issued his third encyclical, entitled Fratelli tutti. The letter is a very complex one which touches on many issues and themes which are all central to the teaching of Pope Francis.  In this encyclical, the Pope refers to much of his own writings and

Living the Truth in Love - Our Patroness, Mary, Queen of the Apostles

On October 24, we celebrated the Thirty-sixth Anniversary of the establishment of our Diocese.  At the onset in 1984, Mary, under her title as Queen of the Apostles, was chosen to be our patroness.  Mary epitomizes the ministry of the apostles in every way as she is the Mother of the Church

Living the Truth in Love - November – A Month of Blessings and Hope

The month of November is upon us. This month brings with it a number of significant days, both for the Church and for our nation.  November begins with the celebration of the Solemnity of All Saints and is followed the next day by the Commemoration of All Souls.  This month will bring with it

Living the Truth in Love - Saint John Paul II – the October Pope

October 22 is the Feast of Saint John Paul II.  His feast is celebrated on the day when he was formally installed as the Chief Shepherd of the Universal Church.  He was elected the 264th Pope on October 16, 1978, and chose to have a relatively simple Papal Installation rather than the usual

Living the Truth in Love - Saints for October - Teresa and Therese

The month of October celebrates two great saints and doctors of the Church, Teresa of Avila and Therese of Lisieux.  These two great Carmelite sisters, while from very different backgrounds, nationalities, times, and attitudes, share much in common with each other.  What they share in common also

Living the Truth in Love - October – The Month of the Rosary

October is the month of the Rosary.  During this month, we concentrate our attention on Mary, Our Blessed Mother, who leads us to her Son as we continue on our journey of faith in this life.  The Rosary offers us a unique opportunity to come to Jesus through Mary.  All of the Mysteries of the Rosary

Living the Truth in Love - Live the Gospel of Life

Respect Life Sunday takes place this year during the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the encyclical of Saint John Paul II on life, Evangelium Vitae, The Gospel of Life.  He gave us this great gift on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, March 25, 1995.  Indeed, through Mary’s yes to God’s will, the Son of

Living the Truth in Love - Priesthood Sunday – We Joyfully Look Forward to the Eucharist

This year, the United States Council of Serra International has designated Sunday, September 27, as Priesthood Sunday.  We are familiar with and grateful to the members of Serra within our Diocese who promote, foster, and pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  Serra’s promotion of