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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.
Maxim10. Speak neither well nor ill of yourself without necessity; have no esteem of yourself nor of what you do, since what youare and can do is nothing before God, and since anyhow you are full of imperfections which would make you despise yourself were they known to you.
Am I capable of perfect love?! No, but I can see things as they are - in the heart (Design) of God. . . I rejoice that I cannot see myself as I really am; at the same time I have a pretty good idea of how I really am... I forget all this and lose myself in the process of the total double union. . all is for God and all depends on God; such gratitude I have for being a part of the Design!
This type pf "forgetfulness" is a very difficult piece of the asceticism required for the mission...it is that marvelous quality of transparency and unself-consciousness before others that liberates me to be totally for the of the other... totally in God and for God
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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