maxim 100 – read the original

Sharon Urban

Everything in balance…

heart, humility, ego, obedience, detachment, peace, gentleness, solitude, prayer, love of neighbor and God.  I see joyful people.

The Maxims of the Little Institute of the Sisters of St. Joseph were written by our founder, Father Jean-Pierre Médaille, SJ, in the late 1600s as fundamental principles which a person seeking a life with God could follow.

Sister Susan Wilcox, CSJ of Brentwood, NY and a group of her high school students provided the contemporary translations.

Original Maxim 100, as written by Fr. Médaille:

The virtues which will help you acquire and maintain this union and which will be a summary of your Little Institute are:
• a great and, I dare say, boundless purity of heart and of intention;
• a very profound and genuine humility in all things and in every situation;
• a perfect mortification of self-love, of judgement, of will, and even (with discretion) of the senses, which should go as far as emptying self of the slightest traces of natural inclination;
• a very faithful obedience to all the movements of grace;
• a sincere simplicity, accompanied nevertheless by a great prudence;
• a contempt of and total detachment from all creatures and a complete stripping of self;
• the peace and gentleness that endures and acts without anxiety and without overeagerness;
• the total self-abandonment into the hands of Providence with a dependence that is absolute;
• the love of solitude and of prayer, apart from the time set for the works of zeal;
• the very perfect love of neighbor, which loves every kind of person purely, constantly, and equally in God and for God;
• finally, the pure love of God which leads souls to dwell in thought of God and makes it difficult for them to live remote from His presence.