Dear Daughters of St. Philip Neri,
Behold Lent draws near and so a time for you to renew, ever more deeply, your desire to unite yourself to the Beloved in His redemptive work. Your love for Him must lead you to unabashedly desire to share in all that is uniquely His. You must desire to be with Him in every way and in accord with His pleasure. This requires heroic courage but promises infinite happiness. You must learn to allow holy abandonment to sustain you. This complete gift of yourself to Him must be your strength, life, and support. In the beginning, such abandonment is experienced as darkness but light shall come as God makes you a single thing with Him. It is in this - this single-heartedness - that you will experience infinite happiness.
The Lord will draw you into his cross - now in one way and now in another. It is a dance of love in which you will experience the Beloved's gaze ever upon you. Let go of worldly fears and worldly logic that seek to lead you away from what can only be comprehended in the Love of the cross.
This is spiritual motherhood and greatest guide for you and those under your care is the Mother of God and the Mother of the Redeemed. She who held suffering Love in her arms will not let your courage be shaken and will hold you steady. She whose heart was pierced will be your aid as the sword of sorrow tests your mettle.
Courage, courage! Be the victim of His pure love, and live for Him alone. It is your intention and my desire to see you completely His and for this reason you must dwell in Him: THE ONE WHO IS NOT WITH ME IS AGAINST ME. These are His divine words. Therefore, let us be completely in Him. Let us only move and act by His spirit and for His pleasure and we will have a wonderful peace, which is understood only by how who possess it.
O infinite happiness, how rare you are! Why is this? It is because the creature does not know how to entrust herself entirely in holy abandonment to God, because she does not have enough confidence in His goodness,, or patience to wait for it. Blessed abandonment, in which the soul is divinely sustained! God is her life, her strength, and her support without her knowing it. If the beginning of this state is dark, what follow becomes wholly luminous. God gives Himself to the soul and drawing this soul entirely to Himself, she becomes one single thing with Him: I have reason to say therefore that she has an infinite happiness.
God desires to sanctify you, to make you share in the cross, now in one way, now in another. He plays with the elect, and one writer said that, "Sufferings are the games of divine love," and that "God delights in a soul who suffered and never turns away His gaze from that lovable object." See the benefit the cross gives you. It purifies you, it makes you worthy of God's approaches, and it opens paradise for you. Blessed sufferings which produce such effects!
Let us always have recourse to the august Mother of God: she is the queen of your Dominions, and she will not allow them to be destroyed. Hand them over entirely to her care, and you, hide in her most holy and sacred Heart with your dear children. This is a refuge which will always be very favorable to you and you will obtain from that holy place all that you ask in Jesus Christ, and this precious solitude will be for you a place of repose and delight. There divine love will be your strength, and nothing will be able to shake your courage while you are under the wings of that gracious Mother. But allow me to beg you that we renew our devotion to her, so that you may declare your confidence again. God gives to us according to our faith and since He has granted you the grace to prefer His most Holy Will through everything, it will take care of all that affects you. However, do what you can to not be cast dow about events contrary to your desires. Be firm on your cross to which good pleasure fixes you; there His love should be your consummation just as His grace will be your support. In this continual sacrifice you will be sanctified and you will become one and the same victim with Jesus Christ.
Mother Mectilde of the Blessed Sacrament
My Kingdom is in Your Heart