Bishop Barbarito's Newspaper Columns


Living the Truth in Love: A Call to All

Soon children will be returning to school, vacations will come to their conclusion and life will return to a more normal pace after the summer.  We are reminded that all of us are called by God to a vocation in which we cooperate with Him in the building up of His kingdom here on earth.  That

Living the Truth in Love: St. Ignatius in the Path of St. Francis

On July 31st we celebrate a significant feast for the life of our Diocese, that of St. Ignatius Loyola.  Our Cathedral church is named in honor of St. Ignatius and so we have a particular affinity with this great man of the Church who is our secondary patron.  St. Ignatius is also significant for

Living the Truth in Love: No Ordinary Time

The season of Ordinary Time in the Church's liturgical year immediately begins again after the celebration of the Solemnity of Pentecost.  The liturgical color returns to green and the regular cycle of scriptural readings resumes from where they left off before the beginning of the season of

Living the Truth in Love: Priesthood Ordination of Deacon Wesler Hilaire The Joy of Priesthood

We come together to celebrate a very joyful day in the life of the Church for the Diocese of Palm Beach - the Ordination of Deacon Wesler Hilaire to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ.  This is such a fitting day for this celebration – the Feast of the Apostles Saints Philip and James, during this

Living the Truth in Love: Chrism Mass Homily The Call is for You

On Easter Sunday, a priest was visiting his mother in the hospital and decided to take the opportunity to visit other patients on that day.  One of the hospital aides accompanied the priest and explained a little about each patient as they entered the room.  The priest wished each one a happy

Living the Truth in Love: It is Christ Who Transforms Us

To some of us, it may seem like just yesterday that the forty days of Lent began.  Perhaps to others, the time may seem longer.  All of us can reflect on what these days have brought to us as we celebrate the new life which the Lord has gained for us in His Resurrection. Perhaps we took up

Living the Truth in Love: What Our Lord Saw from the Cross

The month of April is upon us. We have already passed the midway point of Lent and we are quickly heading to the celebration of Easter and the Paschal mystery. Our preparation for Easter during this season of Lent will truly bear much fruit in the new life we celebrate in the Lord's Resurrection.

Living the Truth in Love: Super Pope and Normal Person

It has been one full year since Pope Francis was elected as Supreme Shepherd of the Church on March 13, 2013, and formally installed on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 2013. From the very beginning, as he appeared at the balcony in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis has touched the hearts of

Living the Truth in Love: A Lenten Recipe - Please, Thank You, Sorry

Following the tradition of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has issued a Lenten message for this year.  The Pope chose as his theme the words of St. Paul, "He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich" (2 Cor 8:9).  In his message, Pope

Living the Truth in Love: The Grace of the Present Moment

We are now more than halfway through the month of February.  Christmas and the holidays now seem long passed and Easter this year is still quite a bit away.  We have not yet begun the season of Lent.  The Church refers to this time of year as "Ordinary Time" but does not mean ordinary in the