maxim 55 – read the original

Sharon Urban

Be in service to the dear neighbor without reward.

Love’s Design has its own reward!

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 55, as written by Fr. Médaille:

When you work for the neighbor do it with a very unselfish love which expects no reward for its services, and aim at nothing other than helping him and being at the same time pleasing to God.