In this letter, Mother Mectilde imparts some profound spiritual teaching with humour. Mother Mectilde is counted among 17th century France’s greatest writers of spiritual letters.
My dear daughter, you are looking for some support from me, but I assure you that I shall place myself on the side of Our Lord. If He strips you of your veil, I shall take away your robe. I want your holiness. You are a little peasant girl brought to court. They want to make a great lady of her. Off with her old rags and her bits in tatters! Not wanting any prettier or richer dress, she cannot bear it. She feels like a fake. “Get this off of me,” she says. “Give me back my old clothes. I prefer my freedom to all these fine things.” This, to a tee, is a portrait of yourself. When God shall have stripped you, what loss is it to you? He wants to remove your rags in order to clothe you with Himself, and this you do not want. You are keeping Him from doing it. Nature (that is, the little peasant girl) says: “What then?