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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.
Maxim18. Make so perfect a sacrifice of self and of will that you are empty of self from this time on, and thus you will no longer be able to choose deliberately anything except that God's will be completely and perfectly accomplished in you, by you, and among all others.
Let there be nothing in me - that perfectly liberated of ego-drive I am filled with desire for that which serves God and the neighbor . . .
This maxim recalls Maxim 3 - in honor of the Second Person of the Trinity - whose emptying self so perfectly identifies all creation and each creature, that each creature and all creation are aware of their being in and with the Creator. They are one with the abyss of continuous outpouring life and filled with awareness of who they are and what they are for . . .
Their life stance is one of giving - as in a sacrifice. . .
Completely aware of whom I am, I cannot but choose anything except what God wants for the universe. . .
I am one with the Great Design
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