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Bishop Barbarito’s Living the Truth in Love Columns

Living the Truth in Love - Homily - Diaconate Ordination - A Call by Name

Like so many other recent events, the celebration of our diaconate ordination this morning is different than usual due to the limitations imposed by safety measures for the coronavirus.  Our attendance is limited but, the Church is fully present with us as we celebrate this happy day for the life of

Living the Truth in Love - The Healing Gaze of Mary

Pope Francis has continually encouraged us to pray to Mary during this time of the coronavirus pandemic.  He reflected in his letter on April 25 that, “Contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of

Living the Truth in Love - The Dignity of the Person and of Labor

May 1, the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, is Labor Day in Italy.  On this occasion this year, Pope Francis observed how the coronavirus crisis could be an opportunity to re-center work on the dignity of each person.  Speaking of the exploitation of many migrant farm workers in Italy, the Pope

Living the Truth in Love - A Huge Leap Forward for Humanity

Each year, as we enter the month of September after the summer, we look forward to a more normal pace of our life.  However, this year we are not quite sure of what normalcy is as we continue to face the uncertainties and restrictions which the coronavirus has placed upon us.  At school reopens, it

Living the Truth in Love - Our Restless Hearts

On August 28, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, who made a tremendous influence on the life of the Church.  He was born on November 13, 354 and died on August 28, 430 A.D.  He is considered among the most important Fathers of the Church and his voluminous

Living the Truth in Love - Mary – Gate and Queen of Heaven

We have two significant celebrations in honor of Mary during the month of August.  One is on August 15, when we celebrate her Assumption into heaven.  The other is exactly a week later on August 22, when we celebrate her Queenship.  Both of these celebrations are intimately connected as they

Living the Truth in Love - A Moment of Divine Transcendence

We just celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration on August 6.  The Transfiguration is a significant event in the life of the Lord which occurs about midway through His public ministry and reveals to His disciples who He is and what His mission is all about in a moving and mystical manner.  The

Living the Truth in Love - August comes in like a lion – May it leave like a lamb

We begin the month of August in a very different context than that of March.  The beginning of the month of March in Florida brought growing concern about the spread of the coronavirus around the world and within our country.   By the middle of the month that concern grew greater for us.  By the end

Living the Truth in Love- Saint Ignatius – A Much Needed Spirit

  July 31 is a significant day in the life of our Diocese as it is the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, after whom our Cathedral Church is named.  This week, on July 25, I will formally install the new Rector of our wonderful Cathedral Parish – Father Gavin Badway.  We all wish him well in his

Living the Truth in Love - We are Set Free by Christ’s Precious Blood

During this month of July, as we celebrate the freedom given to us in our great nation, it is well to reflect that the month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ.  It is through the Precious Blood of the Lord that we are given true freedom - the freedom from the enslavement to