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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 20. Apply yourself seriously and totally to perform with perfection the present will of God without diverting yourself from it, to the detriment of your obligations, by considering uselessly what will be intimated and manifested to you in due time and place.
"Seriously" - Ignatius practiced assiduous effort and attention to the movements of grace within himself; he was spiritually awake to his soul.
This alacrity of spirit was what enabled him to be sure that he was seeking God in every situation and in every thing in the waiting for the unfolding of mystery.
Medaille has the same idea in mind . . . I am alert to the Design and with that sweetness of spirit (douceur) which does not struggle for too much control . . .
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