Bishop Barbarito's Newspaper Columns


Living the Truth in Love : Kindred Spirits of Mercy

Recently two writings of Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI have come to our attention.  While these writings are very different in nature and scope, they have a striking similarity especially in regard to expressing the depth of God's mercy and reveal very much the similarity of mind and

Living the Truth in Love: Chrism Mass Homily – The Priest – A Door of Mercy

CHRISM MASS HOMILY CATHEDRAL OF ST. IGNATIUS LOYOLA                                         TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016    As we celebrate this Chrism Mass we do so during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has invoked.  For all of us this morning, it is

Living the Truth in Love: The Holy Door of the Empty Tomb

We celebrate the Lord's Resurrection during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.  The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the ultimate manifestation of God's mercy as revealed upon the Cross.  By coming into this world and taking our human nature to Himself, God truly became one of us and experienced all

Living the Truth in Love: St. Joseph the Dreamer During Holy Week

The celebration of Palm Sunday and Holy Week begins this year immediately following the celebration of the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on Saturday, March 19.  This Solemnity will be the third anniversary of the installation of Pope Francis as the Universal Shepherd

Living the Truth in Love: Mother of Mercy

The formal Lenten message of Pope Francis this year, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice (Mt 9:13), centers on his emphasis of mercy during this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.  The Pope begins his message by stressing that he had asked that the season of Lent be lived more intensely during this

Living the Truth in Love: Where There is No Love – There is No Justice

As we continue to celebrate this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, we concentrate on God's infinite love which goes beyond the limits of our imagination.  As Pope Francis has consistently emphasized, it is the mercy of God which always takes precedence in His dealing with us and it is mercy which

Living the Truth in Love: The Ecstasy and Terror of Being Chosen

Another great Pope of the 20th century is Paul VI, who is on the road to canonization as he was beatified by Pope Francis on the occasion of the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family on October 19, 2014.  In his homily for the Mass of Beatification, Pope Francis expressed, ". . . the

Living the Truth in Love: Mother Teresa in the New Year

A new year has begun and many things will be before us.  One of them will be the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta as a saint of the Church.  Truly the announcement of her canonization, due to the affirmation of another miracle performed through her, is very welcome news.  Mother Teresa

Living the Truth in Love: The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called for an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy within the Church which is to begin on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and conclude on the Solemnity of Christ the King, November 20, 2016.  In the Bull of

Living the Truth in Love: Thanksgiving is the Heart of Our Nation

We celebrate Thanksgiving this year shortly following the visit of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to the United States.  On the occasion of his visit, he was the first Pope ever to address the Congress of the United States.  This certainly was an historical occasion and one for which we are very