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April 5, 2019

Fifth Friday of Lent

Earth Charter Principles

II. Ecological Integrity

5. Protect and restore the integrity of Earth’s ecological systems, with special concern for biological diversity and the natural processes that sustain life.

6. Prevent harm as the best method of environmental protection and, when knowledge is limited, apply a precautionary approach.

7. Adopt patterns of production, consumption and reproduction that safeguard Earth’s regenerative capacities, human rights and community well-being.

8. Advance the study of ecological sustainability and promote the open exchange and wide application of the knowledge …

— The Earth Charter Initiative is a global movement of organizations and individuals that embrace the charter and use it to guide the transition towards a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. Learn more here.

The 5-acre garden is USDA certified organic. Vegetables, such a these tomatoes, herbs and flowers are harvested by interns, volunteers and staff for the Community Supported Agriculture vegetable share program, the Sisters of Providence dining rooms, or the Terre Haute farmers’ market. Extras are donated to local food banks.

During Lent as we take the opportunity to pray, contemplate and reflect upon how our choices and actions impact our relationship with God, each other and with the whole Earth community, we will again offer this “Friday Food Fast Fact” sheet.

One calculator estimates that we would need 3.5 planets to support our current lifestyle, according to Robert Lawrence MD of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.

What is a person to do if (s)he already recycles, conserves water, and minds electric usage?

What if there was one small change you could make that would add up to a big difference for the health of the planet and help you to live healthily? Would you try it?

We invite you to view the following link as Dr. Lawrence speaks about our eco-footprint.

Again, we offer the following page with recipes for meatless meals.

At our 2006 General Chapter, we committed to pray the Litany of Non-Violence, an excerpt of which follows: Provident God, aware of our own brokenness, we ask the gift of courage to identify how and where we are in need of conversion in order to live in solidarity with Earth and all creation. … Deliver us from the violence of irreverence, exploitation and control. Grant us the desire, and the strength, to act responsibly within the cycle of creation.

— Sisters of Providence Litany of Non-Violence


Spinach Mushroom Quesadilla

  • One-quarter cup of sweet onion
  • One-quarter cup of mushrooms, sliced
  • One teaspoon olive oil
  • One-half clove garlic, minced
  • One cup baby spinach
  • One-quarter cup of black beans, canned – drained and rinsed
  • 8-inch whole wheat tortilla
  • Two Tablespoons of goat cheese, crumbled.

Sauté onion and mushroom in olive oil over medium heat for five minutes. Add garlic, spinach and black beans; sauté for two more minutes. Scatter mixture on tortilla, top with the goat cheese. Fold tortilla in half, then cook in a non-stick skillet over medium heat until crisp, three minutes per side. Serves 1. Recipe from: Woman’s Day Magazine.


Barbecued Bean Casserole

  • One Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • One large yellow onion, chopped
  • One teaspoon minced garlic
  • One large bell pepper, red or green, chopped
  • One 18-ounce jar of oven-baked beans, undrained
  • One 16-ounce can of dark red kidney beans, drained
  • One 16-ounce can of butter beans, drained
  • Three-quarters of a cup of packed light brown sugar
  • One-half cup of ketchup
  • Two Tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
  • One Tablespoon cider vinegar
  • Sour cream for garnish, if desired

Sauté onion and garlic in large saucepan over medium heat for three minutes. Add beans, brown sugar, ketchup, mustard and vinegar to the saucepan. Mix well, bring to boil. Stir in bell pepper and simmer, uncovered, for eight to 10 minutes, stirring often. Transfer to individual serving bowls, top with sour cream.

Serve with tossed green salad. Serves 4. Recipe from: Meatless Dishes in Twenty Minutes.

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Sister Barbara Battista

Sister Barbara Battista is a native of Indianapolis who currently ministers as the Congregation's Justice Promoter. She credits her social justice activism to her mother Alice's strong example. Raised in a large and extended Italian family household, Sister Barbara comes by community organizing quite naturally. She is a passionate and energetic advocate for full equity and equality for women and girls in church and society.

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