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A Triduum Message

Updated: Apr 11, 2023

Sr. Leanne Jablonski, FMI, Director of the Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC), sends us this Triduum message.

Image: Detail of “Mary at the Cross” by Edward B. Ostendorf, 1987. From the Marian Library Art and Artifacts Collection

"We are in the season when everything should help us raise our hearts to God and provide us with topics of reflection. First: the plants, the trees, everything is reborn, and should we alone be unchanged! Let us be reborn in Jesus Christ." (Letter 3.3) Adele de Batz de Trenquelleon, Marianist Founder

Dear Friends of the Marianist Family Encounters Project (MFEP) and Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC) Community -

We are in Springtime, nature’s season of great change. It is an inspiring season that invites us to make personal changes so that we live more sustainably and in greater harmony with our earth and one another. In his environmental encyclical, Laudato si', Pope Francis calls us to ecological conversion so that we can better respond to the cry of the earth and the poor. In the Christian church calendar, springtime is the season of Lent, which invites us to change and a closer walk with the essentials of our faith. It also invites us to a realization of the self-sacrificing journey of love that Jesus made through the incarnation and becoming one with our human experience.

As part of MEEC’s contribution throughout our North American Marianist Family of communities and institutions in the Marianist Encounters Project, we are promoting education, prayer, and reflection events with the Integral Ecology Team of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative.

Our most recent virtual event focused on Entering into Ecological Conversion and featured Bro. Mitch Schweickart, SM, and Marge Cavanaugh reflect on their own experiences of making changes. They reminded us that this conversion happens in the heart and requires behavioral changes that we each can make. They noted that we couldn’t change others directly, yet our actions can be a model that opens the door and invites others into experiences and changes that will be better for humanity and all life on our planet. They spoke of the gift of gardening as an encounter with the earth and of eating more fresh and local produce and plant-based meals as acts of compassion. Other participants reflected that changes are made one step at a time and that focusing on one goal a month can be helpful. Once started, transformation is ongoing. They commented on the importance of being part of environmental groups, engaging in actions, and advocacy for policy changes. We recognized Pope Francis’ wisdom that we each don’t have to do everything, but all of us can do something!

We have a couple of suggestions for discerning your own changes. First, our Spring Inspiration retreat will feature Sr. Christine Pratt, OSU, who brings years of experience working on food and justice issues in Ohio’s rural communities. Also, we recommend this guide from the Vatican and the Stockholm Environmental Institute, Our Common Home: A guide to caring for our living planet.

The ecological habitat restoration central to our mission similarly nurtures new life - more biodiversity and the thriving of our local ecosystems. Thank you for the steps you are each taking! In gratitude, I share this prayer written by one of our integral ecology team members, Tony Garascia, that focuses on the symbol of a tree as the core of our spiritual journey - from the tree of knowledge, to the cross and tree of life. The context of the prayer connects with the land that MEEC cares for, Mount St. John. This name highlights a key Gospel moment (John 19: 25-27) where the beloved disciple John and Mary, the mother of Jesus, companion Jesus at the foot of the cross. Jesus invites them into a deeper encounter with one another. This bestowing of the gift of family and community are core treasures to our Marianist way.

Lenten Prayer for Creation - Tony Garascia

Creator God, in this season of Lent

We walk with Jesus on his way.

The tree of knowledge of good and evil

gave birth to the tree of the Cross.

We walk with Mary and the Earth on the Way of the cross, with Jesus.

We desire to stand with Mary and the Earth, at the foot of the Cross

We proclaim with Mary that Jesus is Son Of God and Son of Earth.

When Jesus was born the earth sheltered Him, Mary and Joseph.

In his passion when Jesus fell, the earth supported him

On the cross, the earth held him in her embrace.

When he died the earth welcomed him to her bosom.

The earth cries out for the transformation of the cross.

Through the suffering of Jesus we pray that the cross

Is transformed into the tree of life,

Giving birth, with Mary, to the fullness of the New Creation.

The earth cries out for the transformation of the cross.

Through the suffering of Jesus we pray that the cross

Is transformed into the tree of life,

Giving birth, with Mary, to the fullness of the New Creation

Know of the prayers of our MEEC team with all of you in this sacred season of Triduum and Easter. May the Divine Spirit guide our work together on this beautiful yet suffering earth. May the Spirit nurture growth and transformation in each of us throughout Mount St. John and in all the places we hold sacred. May our work of restoration in this upcoming growing season create places to encounter God, places of the vibrant life of plants and creatures that are gifts to all we are interconnected with!

Sr. Leanne Jablonski FMI

for the MEEC team

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Thomas Spring
Thomas Spring
2023년 4월 08일

Leanne!! Thank you so much!! This is a wonder!!

We keep trying here in Cupertino to find ways to help Mother Earth!!

Renewed thanks!! Aloha, Tom Spring


Dear Leanne and Tony, thanks for continuing to model what you preach and thanks for preaching care of Mother Earth, God's gift to us. You both encourage me a lot!

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