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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.
Maxim11. Always speak favorably of others and value highly the good in them, excusing and covering up, in the best way you can, the deficiencies they might have.
Speak so well of others that their defects ar hidden? How reconcile this with the discerning way of piercing to the heart of the matter with people with whom one is living and and working? Or, is this just an attempt at humility - the opposite of not bragging about oneself? After all, God knows what really is, so what can I add!
Perhaps this has to do with Medaille's Ignatian background which would advise us to be amiable toward all . . .
Once again we are met with the asceticism for the apostolate . . .wit and gossip at the expense of another are not to be indulged in. . .rather, douceur. . .
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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.
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