Bishop Barbarito's Newspaper Columns

Living the Truth in Love: The Heart of February -The Heart of it all

February is in many ways a transitional month. The holidays are now part of the past and we naturally look to something to engage us. We are blessed in southern Florida with very comfortable weather during the winter months and do not experience the doldrums that the cold and wintry weather can

Living the Truth in Love: He appointed Twelve to be with Him

  The beginning of this new year, 2019, was a very special time for the bishops of the United States. We gathered together at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois, outside of Chicago, for a rather focused retreat. While the bishops of the country gather for a retreat in

Living the Truth in Love: The Pope's Birthday Cake

We have just entered the new year of 2019. A new year brings a great deal of hope for renewed outlook on life which includes resolutions we sometimes make. As we begin the year and undertake our resolutions, we may liken the occasion of the new year to that of a birthday. Pope Francis recently

Living the Truth in Love: The Music and Art of Christmas

During the Christmas season we hear a great deal of music from popular Christmas songs to beautiful Christmas hymns and moving classical pieces such as Handel’s Messiah. The sounds of Christmas many times move us to happy memories as well as emotional responses, such as the tears that sometimes

Living the Truth in Love: A Beautiful Life

  On December 8, we celebrate the patronal feast of our country, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The feast is a most important one for us as it points to the prominent role that Mary has in our lives of faith.  Last year on the Solemnity of the Immaculate

Living the Truth in Love: The Apostolate of the Ear

  The season of Advent is upon us. Advent affords us the opportunity to prepare ourselves to celebrate the Birth of Christ at Christmas. It brings to us time to listen to the Lord as He speaks to us each and every day in our lives. There is a certain quietness that is appropriate for the Advent

Living the Truth in Love: A Month of Remembrance and Thanksgiving

  We are already into the month of November. While we do not have the changing of foliage nor the cooler days in our weather, we know that November is here as the daylight hours continue to become shorter. Even though many had anticipated that we would remain on daylight savings time, approval by

Living the Truth in Love: The Hamlet Pope

  On October 14, Pope Francis canonized one of the great Churchmen of the 20th Century - Pope Paul VI. This is the third pope that Francis has declared a saint. St. Pope Paul VI was an extraordinary shepherd of the Church during the years 1963 through 1987, in what were extremely turbulent times

Living the Truth in Love: Prayer Listens to the Truth

  Recently, Pope Francis has been emphasizing the importance of prayer and silence during his homilies at morning Masses and in his public addresses. He has stressed that in the face of controversy and division, silence and prayer are an appropriate response. Such a response is the manner in

Diocese of Palm Beach Welcomes State Inquiry

The Diocese of Palm Beach will fully engage with the Florida Attorney General in an inquiry pertaining to the protection of young people. We are very pleased that Florida is initiating an effort which pertains not only to the Church but to all organizations and institutions. In fact, the Diocese