Bishop Barbarito's Newspaper Columns


Living the Truth in Love: The Devotion of Pope Francis to Mary

Of the many gifts which Pope Francis has publicly given to the Church, one of them is his deep personal devotion to Mary and his encouragement of all those in the Church to have such a devotion.  In his Angelus address on the Solemnity of All Saints on November 1, 2014, the Pope stated that, "In the

Living the Truth in Love: The Mary Month of May

I write this column on May 12 and already so many wonderful events have occurred during this month in the Diocese of Palm Beach.  May truly is a month filled with many celebrations which reflect the essence of our faith and fill us with hope for the future.  Rather than calling it the "Merry Month

Living the Truth in Love: Marriage, the Trinity and the Month of May

May is a month commonly associated with marriage. Many a celebration of marriage takes place in May since it is a month associated with the new life of springtime and the beauty that accompanies it.  Marriage gives life both in regard to the spouses who enter into it as well as to the children which

Living the Truth in Love: Rest for the Weary

In his Chrism Mass homily to the priests of Rome on April 2, Pope Francis spoke about the weariness which naturally priests can experience.  He himself admitted that he reflects upon and prays regarding this weariness often especially when he also is tired.  However, the Pope speaks of this

Living the Truth in Love: Gravity and Grace

Homily - Chrism Mass Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola Tuesday, March 31, 2015   Simone Weil, a 20th century French philosopher and religious thinker, is the author of a series of personal reflections put together in a volume entitled, Gravity and Grace.  The premise of the reflection is

Living the Truth in Love: The Week of Mercy

Holy Week is upon us.  Beginning with Palm Sunday and concluding on Holy Saturday, Holy Week includes the Paschal Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, which immediately prepare us for the celebration of Easter.  Holy Week also includes the celebration of the Chrism Mass which

Living the Truth in Love: The Joy of Lent

One of the happy events of Lent takes place in every diocese around the world generally on the first Sunday of Lent.  This is the celebration of the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion by which catechumens, those who are to be baptized, confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the

Living the Truth in Love : Lent Can Be A Taxing Time

*Editor’s Note: the following columns originally appeared in the Feb. 16, 2007 issue of the Florida Catholic*     As much as we may want to avoid it, that time of the year has arrived when we seriously have to think about income taxes.  We have already received many forms in the mail both

Living the Truth in Love: Catholic Schools - Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

  Catholic Schools Week will begin on Sunday, January 25 and conclude on Sunday, February 1.  This is an important week for our Catholic schools as we celebrate their importance in the life of the Church and in our Diocese.  The theme for Catholic Schools Week this year is Catholic Schools –

Living the Truth in Love: Never – Maybe - When

As we grow through life our focus changes as our circumstances and years upon this earth do.  When we are young, life is something that is taken for granted and seems not only to have no limit of possibilities but no end as well. In fact, as young people we think that we are never going to die.