maxim 37 – read the original

Sharon Urban

Do the best you can and then let it go.

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 37, as written by Fr. Médaille:

Ask nothing and refuse nothing, unless you judge it absolutely necessary after having prayed to God.  Even in that case let it be done as a simple proposal together with a complete resignation whether this proposal is accepted or not.