maxim 49 – read the original

Sharon Urban

Act, if only in behavior toward everyone…

the same way you would act towards your beloved.  Just don’t be creepy with anyone.

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 49, as written by Fr. Médaille:

Whenever there is no danger that God will be offended or less honored, manifest all the compliance possible towards the neighbor.  Whatever difficulty you may experience in that, do not let it appear, showing a joyful countenance full of gentleness, as if you found great happiness in what is painful to you. Whatever you do for the dear neighbor, do it with the same feeling of devotion and of charity as if you were doing it for the very person of Jesus Christ.