A Letter from Father Tom May 3rd

Dear Parish Family,

I was sent this wonderful etymology of the word, “Quarantine”. It has deep significance as you will see.

World Quarantine

The Latin root for Quarantine is “forty”. So what does the Bible say about “40”?

The flood lasted for 40 days. 40 years Moses fled Egypt. 40 Days Moses stayed on Mount Sinai to receive the Commandments. The Exodus lasted 40 years. Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights in the desert he began his public ministry. 40 days for a woman to rest after giving birth is recommended. A group of theologians thinks the number 40 represents “Change”. It is a time of preparing a person, or a people, to make a fundamental change. Something will happen after 40 days. Just believe and pray. Remember whenever the number 40 appears on the Bible, there is “change”.

Please know that during this “quarantine” rivers are cleaning up, vegetation is growing, the air is becoming cleaner because there is less pollution. There is less theft, murder, healing is happening and most importantly people are turning to Christ. The Earth is at rest for the first time in many years and hearts are truly being transformed.

So, during this time, enjoy it with your loved ones, and return to the family altar together. Family prayer is a great blessing. Through prayer you will see the changes that God can work in you and in your home. Christ promises us everything works together for the good for those who love God: Romans 8:28!

Remember that we are in the year 2020, add 20 + 20 = 40. Also 2020 is the year that the United States has a census. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the of the world and he was born during a census.

Lastly 2020 signals perfect vision. May our sight focus on Our Risen Lord and live according to His perfect vision for us knowing He holds us in the palm of His hand.

May these days of “quarantine” bring spiritual liberation to our souls, our nation, and our world. The best is yet to come. Trust in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

In honor of Earth Day, I took my trusty pick up stick and first started walking around the circumference of the parish with not one but what would later add up to 6 white trash can liners. Let’s keep our planet clean. It’s amazing looking from space to see how the earth itself is healing from all the pollution and garbage that destroys life.

I felt like the old TV commercial where the Native American has one tear rolling down his eye. Let us be mindful this Eastertide that this is, as Pope Francis says, Our Common Home. There is an old slogan that was once on all the trash cans in parks, it said “A Cleaner New York is Up to You”. Policing the area and keeping things clean will help us take pride in this 15- acre Vineyard of the Lord.

“And God saw all that He had created; and it was very good.” (Genesis). Keep safe and know you are all in our prayers here daily.

Last Wednesday I made a short 7 minute You Tube video and I spoke about the issue of worry. Reverend Rick Warren, the pastor of Saddleback Church in California made some 4 wonderful points about allowing our selves to lead by the Good Shepherd. Also, Sister Christine Sorrentino, a novice from Staten Island, and with the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate in Monroe, sent a lovely card and a letter from their sisters. In it was an inspiring poem call “Remember”. I incorporated these two in this video, and Called it Worrying and Remembering. I hope it enriches you.

Bes filled with Easter Blessings.

Father Tom Devery