In 1699, Mother Mectilde again writes to Mother Saint–François–de–Paule Charbonnier. The latter is, it would seem from the tone of this letter, well on her way to ennothingment. Mother Mectilde gives her customary sound advice, ending with, “Have yourself some harmless fun.”
I do not doubt for a minute, my dear daughter that you have been finding all peace and all happiness in your nothingness, and on top of it all, the possession of God. One can say that this true nothingness contains in itself the treasures of grace and holiness. Take heart, then. Do not in any way shrink back from this blessed nothingness. And if you would verify that it is by the Spirit of God that you are there, see if it inclines you to death in all things by a holy indifference that is equally constant everywhere. Does it leave you indifferent and ready for anything?
I hope that, if you are faithful to this, you will enter into the possession of nothingness in everything, in such a way that nothing in life will be able to make you make you come out of it. Understand well,