Bishop Barbarito's Newspaper Columns


Living the Truth in Love: The Fraternity of the Family

Every year, on New Year's Day, the Pope gives the world a message for the World Day of Peace.  Pope Francis gave us his first this year which is entitled, Fraternity, The Foundation and Pathway to Peace.  In his message, the Pope stresses many of the messages which he has given to us in the

Living the Truth in Love: We Dare to Hope

   The first Preface of the Mass for the season of Advent has a beautiful phrase which truly sums up the spirit of Christmas.  The Preface reflects upon the two Comings of Christ.  The first is that which we celebrate today when Christ took on our human nature and opened for us the way to

Living the Truth in Love: The Peaceable Kingdom

            During this season of Advent, many of the readings for Mass, both on Sundays and during the week, are from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah.  One of the images which Isaiah presents is that of the peaceable kingdom where all people of different nations will live in harmony coming

Living the Truth in Love: Dedicate Yourselves to Thankfulness

Thanksgiving falls very late this year.  Since the first day of November fell on a Friday, the fourth Thursday of the month, November 28, is as late as Thanksgiving can be.  The weekend of Thanksgiving coincides with the first Sunday of Advent.  It is fitting that as we bring the liturgical year

Living the Truth in Love: Happy Anniversary to the Florida Catholic

It is a great joy for me to congratulate the Florida Catholic on its 75th Anniversary.  For seventy-five years the Florida Catholic has been an outstanding instrument of informing and inspiring the faithful of Florida in regard to the Church.  From the news of a papal election to a story

Living the Truth in Love: Our Mother and Our Friend

October is the month of the Rosary.  During this month we concentrate our attention on Mary, our Blessed Mother, who leads us to her Son as we continue on our journey of faith in this life.  October is also a special month for us in the Diocese of Palm Beach as we celebrate our anniversary as a

Living the Truth in Love: Open Your Hearts to Life

October is the month that vividly reminds us of the cycle of the seasons. Fall has already begun and we can clearly see the days growing shorter in daylight as well as the longer shadows cast upon the earth in the evening hours. While in southern Florida we do not experience the changing of the

Living the Truth in Love: Fifty Years a Blessing

Living the Truth in Love: Fifty Years a Blessing Sept. 27, 2013   One of the primary resources of a diocese is its seminary. The seminary is the place in which future priests discern their vocations, grow in their spiritual lives and are formed in the pastoral and academic skills they

Living the Truth in Love: Let What You Do Come From the Heart, a Homily for Diaconate Ordination

Homily for Diaconate Ordination September 7, 2013   My brothers, Dennis, Pete, Juan and Henry, today is a significant day for you, your families and for all of us in the Diocese of Palm Beach.  After many years of discernment, prayer and study, you are to be ordained as deacons for

Living the Truth in Love: Knock at the Door of Mary’s House

This month of August we will be celebrating two significant feasts in honor of of our Blessed Mother, Mary. Both of them are reminders of the ultimate goal which is all of ours -- heaven. Both also remind us of the qualities of life through which Mary reached this goal in a perfect manner.  August