APRIL 25-26, 2020

Take a SIP with SPA! (Take a Shelter-In-Place with Saint Paul the Apostle!)

Dear SPA Family,
During this SIP ordinance, I assume that we all spent a lot of our time reading emails, texts, and books. I am quite sure we watch many more movies, news and reality shows than we used to. And I love the fact that we can spend more time with our loved ones and friends at our homes and/or via technology. I appreciate this technology immensely because without it I wouldn’t be able to What’s Up with my family, Facebook with my friends and YouTube Mass with my SPA family.  
This past week I received a text message and it was so interesting that I thought I would share it with you today. I don't know where it originated or who wrote it, but it reveals a lot of biblical truths in its contents and brings a new meaning to what’s going on right now on this beautiful blue globe. 

The Latin root of the word quarantine is forty. So, what does the Bible say about 40?  The flood lasted 40 days. 40 years Moses fled Egypt. 40 days Moses stayed on Mount Sinai to receive the Commandments. Exodus lasted 40 years. Jesus fasted for 40 days. Lent is 40 days. 40 weeks gestation for a normal pregnancy.
It is known in the theology and the exegesis of the Holy Scriptures that the number 40 represents some type of change, and it is the time of preparing a person, or people, to make a fundamental change. Whenever the number 40 appears in the Bible, there is a change. 

Please know that during this quarantine rivers are cleaning up, vegetation is growing, the air is becoming cleaner because of less pollution, there is less crime, 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 transforming.

So, during this time, enjoy it with your loved ones and return to the family altar together. And while taking SIP with SPA, I invite you to join Fr. Joe spiritually at SPA’s altar. Watch this weekend Mass on our website and pray at Our Virtual Church there. 
Family prayer is a great blessing. Through prayer, we will see the changes God can work in us and in our homes. Christ promises us “…that in all things God works for the good of those who love him…” Romans 8:28! 

May these days of quarantine bring spiritual liberation to our souls, our nation, and our world.
The best is yet to come. So, trust in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
We are the SPA Family and we are in this together!
Fr. Chris Ciastoń

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