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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.
Maxim16. In Everything and everywhere, have only God, God's will and God's glory before your eyes, and make no account of anything else.
Lest we get too far afield here, remember that the contemplation of God in all things and everywhere is the vision I hold of God's desire for the universe... it is the Great Designof which I am a part in this "little design."
The contemplation/action model is all that matters.
Whatever happens I keep in my memory God's many gifts to me; I let these memories teach me God's ways; I let my every action be the very belief of my soul that God'sgrace is holding me and my every situation.
This maxim is a call to reverence . . . let every thought, word, action be one of acatamiento; that is, of seizing-love and gratitude!
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