Sayings of Mother Mectilde

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The possession of God for all eternity
is well worth what one must suffer whilst on the way.

One needs perseverance
so as not to be frightened by difficulties.

One must not forget
that one of the greatest secrets of the spiritual life
is that the Holy Spirit is guiding us,
not only with illuminations, consolations, and sweetness,
but also in darkness and interior suffering.
Even more, I say that this way of crucifixion
is the best and the most secure.

Mother Mectilde de Bar (1614-1698)


What a marvellous expression of the excruciating truth of the upward call of God in Christ!

Without doubt Mother Mectilde was an intimate friend of Holy Wisdom.

Such beautiful and moving posts. Thank you Father Mark.

Thank you, D. Kirby, for these wonderful posts on Mother Mectilde. Hopefully one day we might be able to read her complete works translated.

I am so blessed and deeply moved by Mother Mectilde's passion and her ability to speak it with words..Thank you Father for giving us a share in this treasure.
Caroline +

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Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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