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Bishop Barbarito’s Living the Truth in Love Columns

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

Living the Truth in Love - Daring to Hope

The first preface of the Mass for the season of Advent has a beautiful phrase which truly sums up the spirit of the season.  The preface reflects upon the two comings of Christ.  The first is that which we anticipate during Advent as we prepare for the celebration of Christmas, when Christ

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