Mother Mectilde de Bar to the Community of Toul, 1678 (Part II)
If you have something hidden deep down inside you, God knows it, and you are not suitable for His designs. He asks that you have the simplicity of a dove and the sincerity of a child. Examine yourselves, each one in particular, on the holy union that Our Lord wants from you and wants to establish in our Institute, without which it will infallibly perish. “Every kingdom divided against itself shall be made desolate” (Matthew 12:25), says the holy Gospel. God sees the heart and the dispositions that are enclosed therein.
You want me to tell you that God is asking two things of us: the first is that we look to Jesus, His Son, as to our King and Sovereign Monarch, and that we wait upon Him ceaselessly, that we present Him with all our needs, and that we have an unshakable confidence in His all–powerful bounty. The second thing is that we be one, that is to say, united in heart and mind by His divine dilection. With these two points, we shall conquer the world and hell with unfailing certainty.
Be the true imitators of Jesus Christ so as to become His victims. Do not content yourselves with lights, thoughts, and lovely words: get on with works. Offer to Jesus Christ all the calumnies, insults, and disdain that come your way, and pray for the poor folks who know not what they do. Carry out the words of this lovable Saviour who, from the height of the Cross, cried out to His Father: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34), and those that He utters in another place, “Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you” (Matthew 5:44).
Here, my dear children, you have the maxims of Jesus Christ. Begin a novena for all those who make you suffer and you will do what He says. Take courage, then, and believe that I am with you in spirit and would wish to be with you in truth to console you and to draw into my heart the pains that you are suffering. I do not cease having prayer made to God for you; doubt not that you will be succoured by His graces. Fear nothing. Soon you will see the care that God has of you and of His work. In Him, with a most sincere and cordial heart, I am all yours. Remember to pray God for me.