Bishop Barbarito's Newspaper Columns


Living the Truth in Love: A Most Acceptable Time

On Ash Wednesday the second reading of the liturgy reminded us that, "Now is a very acceptable time" (2 Cor 6:2). St. Paul's words to us are a fitting reminder that the season of Lent presents us with a very acceptable time to enter into a deeper relationship with the Lord ,especially through the

Living the Truth in Love: To Welcome, to Protect, to Promote, to Integrate and to Pray

Read the USCCB's  Pastoral Reflection" Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times           One of the great issues which has recently even more intensely gripped our nation is that of immigration reform. Our Diocese of Palm Beach is

Living the Truth in Love: The Call of Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday, March 1st, the season of Lent begins as we are marked with ashes upon our foreheads. Ash Wednesday is perhaps one of the best-known days of the Church’s Liturgical Year. Churches around the world are filled with so many people who desire the mark of the cross from the ashes. One may

Living the Truth in Love: A Big Heart

A much anticipated celebration after that of the holiday season is Valentine's Day. Many early signs of Valentine's Day appear quickly after the passing of the holidays to fill in the lull that is often experienced. It is a day that celebrates love in a manner in which people in a myriad of

Living the Truth in Love: Peace in the New Year

A New Year is upon us. Many of us have made New Year's resolutions and look forward to a year of health, peace and prosperity. However, at the beginning of a New Year, it is most fitting to look forward to the year in the perspective of our faith. It is our faith in God who created us out of love

Living the Truth in Love: Christmas Hope

In a recent talk which Archbishop Charles Chaput gave at the University of Notre Dame 2016 Bishops’ Symposium, he referred to an illustration from a thirteenth century Bible which he had recently received from a friend. The Archbishop described it as a depiction of Mary punching the devil in the

Living the Truth in Love: From Catholic Charities – Please, thank you, sorry!

As we conclude the Extraordinary Year of Mercy, we do so right before we celebrate our great national day of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a fitting time to reflect upon the gratitude we share in our hearts to God for His merciful love for each and every one of us. It is also a time for us to

Living the Truth in Love: A Full Season of Advent

Having just celebrated Thanksgiving, the season of Christmas is quickly before us. The celebration of Thanksgiving brings us together with our families and has a sense of peace and tranquility to it. Many understandably express how much they enjoy Thanksgiving, but do not look forward to the

Living the Truth in Love: November – Much Before Us

The month of November is already 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

Living the Truth in Love: Elizabeth of the Trinity – A Saint not a Demon

On October 16, Pope Francis will formally canonize Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, a Carmelite nun of the 20th century. While the Feast of Blessed Elizabeth is November 9, the day of her death, her canonization during this month draws special attention to Carmelite spirituality as October