While surfing the web yesterday, I came upon the website of the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine, Florida, who provide a great resource for prayer, using a form of the “Maxims of Perfection”, a core document pertaining to the spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph. They were written in the 17th century, in a literary style that might seem a bit out of step with modern sensibilities. Still, they are a great resource for prayer and meditation, not only for my sisters and me, but for anyone seeking to deepen her/his relationship with God. This website provides with each maxim, a selection of related scripture passages as well as some reflection questions. Here’s an excerpt from their website, along with a link to the website.
The Maxims that appear on our website are addressed to laypersons and religious who seek a life with God. They were first published in 1657. Father Jean-Pierre Medaille, SJ, who, with the six original Sisters, founded the Sisters of St. Joseph on October 15, 1650, selected one hundred of the maxims for the Sisters as a brief “resume” of the spirit of the Institute.
Maxims – Sisters of St. Joseph – St. Augustine
If you are interested in the original “Maxims of Perfection” as translated by the Toronto CSJs, they may be found here. I actually prefer to pray with this original form, although the translation is somewhat different than the one I am used to. The one with which I’m familiar came out a U.S. research team that spent a long time in France researching the history and origins of the congregation, but I have not found its full translation online. I’m sure some of our sisters know much more than I about the origins of both translations…