maxim 98 – read the original

Sharon Urban

When times are tough, find solidarity with those who suffer…

without having a voice.

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 98, as written by Fr. Médaille:

Furthermore, when burdened with great crosses, do not let your heart yearn for death.  Let it be enough for you to be crucified with Jesus Christ, as much as and in the way that it is pleasing to God; and, regarding every circumstance of your life and death, let Him decide.