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Revelations of St. Bridget

Revelations and Prophecies Imparted to St. Bridget

Book Two

Chapter Sixteen

          In chapter sixteen, our Lord explains to St. Bridget why He speaks with her rather than with others better than she. He then informs her of four sets of threes: three things commanded, three forbidden, three permitted, and three recommended to the bride by Christ; in short, a most excellent lesson even if it is shorter than usual.

    "Many people wonder why I speak with you and not with others who live a better life and have served Me for a longer time.

    I answer them by way of a parable: A certain lord owns several vineyards in several different regions. The wine of each vineyard has the particular taste of the region where it comes from. Once the wine has been pressed, the owner of the vineyards sometimes drinks the mediocre and weaker wine and not the better kind. If any of those present sees him and asks their lord why he does so, he will answer that this particular wine tasted good and sweet to him at the time. This does not mean that the lord gets rid of the better wines or holds them in disdain, but that he reserves them for his use and privilege on an appropriate occasion, each of them for the occasion for which it is suited. This is the way I deal with you.

    I have many friends whose life is sweeter to Me than honey, more delicious than any wine, brighter in My sight than the sun. However, it pleased Me to choose you in My Spirit, not because you are better than they are or equal to them or better qualified, but because I wanted to - I Who can make sages out of fools and saints out of sinners. I did not grant you so great a grace because I hold the others in disdain. Rather, I am reserving them for another use and privilege as justice demands.

    Humble yourself then in every way, and do not let anything trouble you but your sins. Love everyone, even those who seem to hate and slander you, for they are only providing you with a greater opportunity to win your crown!

    Three things I command you to do. Three things I command you not to do. Three things I permit you to do. Three things I recommend you to do.

    I command you to do three things, then. First, to desire nothing but your God; second, to cast off all pride and arrogance; third, always to hate the lust of the flesh.

    Three things I order you not to do. First, neither to love vain, indecent speech nor, second, excessive eating and superfluity in other things, and, third, to flee from worldly merriment and frivolity.

    I permit you to do three things. First, to sleep moderately for the sake of good health; second, to carry out temperate vigils to train the body; third, to eat moderately for the strength and sustenance of your body.

    I recommend three things to you. First, to take pains to fast and carry out good works that earn the promise of the kingdom of Heaven; second, to dispose of your possessions for the glory of God; third, I counsel you to think on two things continually in your heart.

    First, think on all that I have done for you by suffering and dying for you. Such a thought stirs up love for God. Second, consider My justice and the coming judgment. This instills fear in your mind.

    Finally, there is a fourth thing which I both order and command and recommend and permit. This is to obey as you ought. I order this, inasmuch as I Am your God. I command you not to act otherwise, inasmuch as I Am your Lord. I permit this to you, inasmuch as I Am your bridegroom. I also recommend it, inasmuch as I Am your friend."

Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden - Book Two: Chapter Sixteen