original maxim 58

Allan Johnson

Laugh at yourself.

It frees the heart for service.

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, as written by Fr. Médaille:

“Convince yourself of this truth, that you scarcely do anything in this world but place drawbacks in the path of God’s grace.” ~Maxim 58