Bishop Barbarito’s Living the Truth in Love Columns

Living the Truth in Love Lent: A Time for Renewing Faith, Hope, and Love

Pope Francis has given us a wonderful reflection for the season of Lent in his annual Lenten message: Lent: A Time for Renewing Faith, Hope, and Love.  Whatever practices we have taken up for the season, they should offer us the ability to grow in faith, hope and love as these virtues are the

Living the Truth in Love - The Order of Virgins: A Prophetic Vocation

Consecration Homily - Simi Tresa Sahu February 11, 2021   Simi, my sister in Christ, it was almost a year ago, on the Feast of the Annunciation, that you were to be consecrated in the Order of virgins.  Due to the restrictions imposed upon us by the coronavirus, that celebration was

Living the Truth in Love - Hidden Ashes Speak Boldly

Ash Wednesday, February 17, marks the beginning of Lent, the season in which we prepare for the celebration of Easter through our prayer, sacrifice and acts of charity. The ashes we receive on Ash Wednesday are a reminder of a significant aspect of our faith which is our need for repentance. 

Living the Truth in Love - The Dream of Consecrated Life

February 2 celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple 40 days after His birth in Bethlehem.  On that occasion, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to be presented in accord with the Jewish ritual law, making the usual offering.  This feast is associated with the symbolism of

Living the Truth in Love - Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.

The week of January 31 through February 6 this year is Catholic Schools Week.  The theme for this year’s celebration is appropriately, Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service. Our Diocese of Palm Beach is truly blessed by outstanding Catholic schools which include three high schools,

Living the Truth in Love - Mary Guides Us to the Eucharist

For a Christmas gift I received a beautiful Byzantine icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary standing before an altar with her arms outstretched in the fashion of a priest celebrating Mass.  In front of her is a chalice from which her infant Divine Son, Jesus, is standing forth with His arms

Living the Truth in Love - “What Kind of Extremist Will We Be?”

When Martin Luther King, Jr. was in solitary confinement during a jail sentence for taking part in a civil rights demonstration, he wrote a letter.  The letter was directed to certain of his colleagues who urged him to cease his program of nonviolent resistance since it was extreme.  His

Living the Truth in Love - The Family in 2021 – The Path to Hope

As we move into the year 2021, we do so with a great deal of hope.  The year 2020 will be long remembered for the coronavirus crisis and the many effects which it had in the world and in our personal lives.  We realize that the crisis is not over by any means, but with the availability of

Living the Truth in Love St. Joseph has His Hands Full

It is a special gift this year that we celebrate Christmas during the Year of St. Joseph which our Holy Father, Pope Francis, just proclaimed.  St. Joseph, as the husband of the Virgin Mary and the guardian of Jesus, is a central figure of the Christmas story and of the Christmas scene.  It

Living the Truth in Love - Let Us Dream as St. Joseph

On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, just last week, Pope Francis proclaimed a Year of St Joseph which will conclude on December 8, 2021.  December 8 was the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church.  The Pope issued an