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Sr. Susan Wilcox a Brentwood sister of St. Joseph, worked with students at the campus ministry program of St. Joseph College to develop the modern interpretations of the Maxims of the Little Institute. The students were inspired by the reflections found in Loves Design by Marcia Allen a Concordia CSJ. Marcia has graciously given us permission to use excerpts from her book which we will post weekly.
Maxim 22. On the contrary, behave in such a manner that your good actions are hidden in time and known to God alone, to appear only in eternity and even never to appear, if God so wills.
Really! who cares if my good actions are never see?The quality of heart required for this vocation makes the hiddenness possible. . . this is the "little" design which is so subtle that it is hidden except to God who actually accomplishes everything. . .
This humility, knowing truly what is, allows me to be content with no publicity. . .
It is rewarding to read Connie de Biase csj’s research on the topic of the beginnings of the Sisters of St. Joseph collected and interpreted in one place, the Origins of the Sisters of St.Joseph: A Call to Apostolic Mysticism. Connie de Biase is one of the last living members of a team commissioned to conduct research in France in the 1970’s. Editor Shawn Madigan csj gathers in an appealing and organized manner the materials from de Biase presentations over the last 40 years. What readers will find inside this book is the history and essence of living “love of God and neighbor without distinction” beginning with our founder Jean Pierre Medaille sj and now into the 21st century.
Santa M. Cuddihee csja