maxim 17 – read the original

Sharon Urban

Abandon the desires of the ego.  Be led by love.

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 17, as written by Fr. Médaille:

Desire little in this world, and what you do desire, desire that very little.  And better yet, live without desire and without set plans.  Abandon yourself, surrendering very gently, to the very loving Providence of God your Father.