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Bishop Barbarito’s Living the Truth in Love Columns

Living the Truth in Love - Mary – Gate and Queen of Heaven

We have two significant celebrations in honor of Mary during the month of August.  One is on August 15, when we celebrate her Assumption into heaven.  The other is exactly a week later on August 22, when we celebrate her Queenship.  Both of these celebrations are intimately connected as they

Living the Truth in Love - A Moment of Divine Transcendence

We just celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration on August 6.  The Transfiguration is a significant event in the life of the Lord which occurs about midway through His public ministry and reveals to His disciples who He is and what His mission is all about in a moving and mystical manner.  The

Living the Truth in Love - August comes in like a lion – May it leave like a lamb

We begin the month of August in a very different context than that of March.  The beginning of the month of March in Florida brought growing concern about the spread of the coronavirus around the world and within our country.   By the middle of the month that concern grew greater for us.  By the end

Living the Truth in Love- Saint Ignatius – A Much Needed Spirit

  July 31 is a significant day in the life of our Diocese as it is the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, after whom our Cathedral Church is named.  This week, on July 25, I will formally install the new Rector of our wonderful Cathedral Parish – Father Gavin Badway.  We all wish him well in his

Living the Truth in Love - We are Set Free by Christ’s Precious Blood

During this month of July, as we celebrate the freedom given to us in our great nation, it is well to reflect that the month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ.  It is through the Precious Blood of the Lord that we are given true freedom - the freedom from the enslavement to

Living the Truth in Love - It is the Truth that sets Us Free

The past weekend we celebrated Independence Day and were reminded of the great gift of freedom that we possess in our nation.  However, because we live in a wonderful country where freedom is our charter, we oftentimes experience an understanding of freedom which is the farthest from that of our

Living the Truth in Love - Our Lady of Liberty

  One of the prominent symbols of our country is that of the Statue of Liberty which welcomes newcomers to the promise of this great nation.  Referred to as Lady Liberty, she holds a torch in her uplifted right hand and on her left arm a tablet proclaiming the date of the Declaration of

Living the Truth in Love- Consecrated Life – At The Heart Of God

  Last week the Florida Catholic recounted the retirement of Sister Joan Dawson, O.S.F., the Episcopal Delegate for Religious of the Diocese of Palm Beach who will be moving to her community home in Tampa, Florida.  I express to Sister Joan all of our profound gratitude for the loving mission

Living the Truth in Love-The Heart of Mary

Last week, in this column, I reflected upon the Sacred Heart of Jesus to which the month of June is dedicated as the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart is celebrated on Friday, June 19.  The following day, Saturday, June 20, we celebrate the memorial Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.   It is most

Living the Truth in Love - The Heart of June

June is a month of fulfilled promises and ones yet to come.  This is especially true this year as we continue to move away from the quarantine imposed by the coronavirus to more of a semblance of normalcy in our lives.  June holds the center of the year.  Its days are longer and brighter and it also