original maxim 84

Stephanie Hall

Put on the brakes! And wait for grace.

 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 84, as written by Fr. Médaille:

“Never go ahead of grace by an imprudent eagerness, but quietly await its movemnets, and, when it comes to you, go along with it with great gentleness, humility, fidelity, and courgae.”~Maxim 84