Bishop Barbarito's Newspaper Columns


Living the Truth in Love: Our Catholic Schools – A Second Home

  It seems like yesterday that I wrote this column on schools being closed for the summer and the children who attend them on vacation at home with their families. It is hard to believe that the schools are now open as we are more than halfway through August. While time does go by quickly, it may

Living the Truth in Love: The Precious Blood Gives Us Life

  On June 30, Pope Francis spoke to various groups dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. He noted that his audience with them came on "the vigil of the month of July, when Christian piety turns in a special way to the Blood of Christ." As we enter into the culminating days of this month,

Living the Truth in Love: Summer - Complaining is Forbidden

  The summer has long begun, not only with its official opening on June 21, but also with the many signs of it that we have here in southern Florida. Schools have been closed for over a month and some families have taken their children and gone on a well-deserved vacation away from our area. The

Living the Truth in Love: The Birth of John the Baptist

As I reflected upon in my previous column, we are commemorating Religious Freedom Week, which began with the celebration of the Feast of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, June 22, and will conclude on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29. During this week, we reflect upon the great gift

Living the Truth in Love: Religious Freedom Week – Serving Others in God’s Love

  For the past several years we have commemorated the Fortnight for Freedom invoked by the United States Bishops as a two-week period of prayer and reflection upon the great treasure of religious freedom. The Fortnight was a two week period which began on June 21 and concluded on July

Living the Truth in Love: WWMD - What Would Mary Do

As always, the First Sunday of May was a great one in our Diocese as we gathered at Emmanuel Church in Delray Beach for the Annual Marian Festival. The afternoon brought a tremendous amount of rain which prevented us from gathering outside at the beautiful Rosary Walk. However, the weather did not

Living the Truth in Love: Homily - Priesthood Ordination of Deacon Frank D’Amato and Deacon Daniel Daza-Jaller

  Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola May 5, 2018 Prayer - The First Task of a Priest   Recently, on March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Pope Francis ordained three bishops at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. In his homily at the ordination, the Pope spoke clearly and directly on what he

Living the Truth in Love: Rejoice and be Glad

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has given us a great treasure on the subject of holiness in his new Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate. Its title is taken from the concluding words of our Lord in the Beatitudes from His Sermon on the Mount, "rejoice and be glad" (Mt 5:12). The Pope

Chrism Mass: He's Two Thousand Years Old

We live in complicated, challenging and extremely difficult times. Confusion, anger, pain and even violence are very much present among us. Certainly the tragedy that occurred in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, so proximate to us in Parkland, Florida, is evidence of this. We live

Living the Truth in Love: You Are in Me and I Am in You

Some of the most vivid artistic depictions of the Resurrection are found in Eastern icons. Eastern icons, by their very nature, take us into a mystical world in which the characters in the icons are depicted in striking color but always with a dignity to them and an expression of looking into the