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Revelations of St. Bridget

Revelations and Prophecies Imparted to St. Bridget


Book Three

Chapter Thirty-One

          St. Bridget hears Christ's words to her in which He offers the admirable allegory of a doctor and king, and how the doctor symbolizes Christ Himself, and how those whom people think will be condemned are frequently saved while those whom people or worldly opinion think will be saved are condemned. It is a lesson we can all take to heart for God alone knows what is in each man's heart, not man.

    The Son speaks to the bride, saying: "A doctor came to a distant and unknown realm in which the king did not rule but was ruled, because he had the heart of a hare. Seated on his throne, he seemed like an ass with a crown. His people devoted themselves to gluttony, forgetting honesty and justice, and hating everyone who spoke to them about the good that awaited in the future.

    When the doctor presented himself to the king, saying he was from a lovely country and affirming that he had come because of his knowledge of human infirmities, the king, in wonder at the man and his words, answered:

    'I have two prisoners to be beheaded tomorrow. One of them can scarcely breathe, but the other is more robust and stouter now than when he entered prison. Go to them, look at their faces and see which of them is in better health.'

    After the doctor had gone and examined them, he said to the king: 'The man whom you say is robust is almost a corpse and will not survive. As for the other, however, there is good hope.'

    The king asked him: 'How do you know that?'

    The doctor said: 'Because the first man is full of harmful humors and vapor and cannot be cured. The other man, who is exhausted, can easily be saved with some fresh air.'

    Then the king said: 'I shall call together my noblemen and counselors so that they may see your wisdom and skill and you will win honor in their sight.'

    The doctor said to him: 'No, do that by no means. You know your people are jealous of honor. If they cannot persecute a man with their actions, they destroy him with talk. Wait and I will make my wisdom known to you alone in private. This is how I have been taught. I have learned to display more wisdom in private than in public. I do not seek to win glory in your land of darkness, but I glory in the light of my fatherland. Besides, the healing time will not come until the south wind begins to blow and the sun appears at the meridian.'

    The king questioned him: 'How can that happen in my country? The sun rarely rises here, since we are beyond the climates, and the north wind always prevails among us. What good to me is your wisdom or such a long delay for healing? I see that you are full of talk.'

    The doctor answered: 'The wise man must not be hasty. However, in order that I may not seem to you to be unreliable and unfriendly, let me take charge of these two men. I will take them to the borders of your kingdom where the air is more suitable, and then you will see how much actions are worth and how much talk is worth.'

    The king said to him: 'We are occupied with greater and more useful matters. Why do you distract us? Or what benefit does your teaching confer on us? We have our delight in present goods, in the things we see and own. We do not aspire to future and uncertain rewards. But, take the men, as you request. If you manage to show us something great and wonderful through them, we ourselves will proclaim you glorious and have you proclaimed glorious.'

    So he took the men and led them off to a temperate clime. One of them passed away and died, but the other, refreshed by the gentle air, recuperated.

    I am that doctor Who sent My words to the world in My longing to cure souls. Although I see the infirmities of many people, I only showed you two through whom you might admire My justice and mercy. I showed you one person whom the devil secretly possessed and who was to receive an eternal punishment. However, to people his works seemed to be righteous and were praised as such.

    I showed you a second person whom the devil openly controlled, but whom I said was to be healed in his time, although not in a way open for men to see, as you were thinking. It was divine justice that the evil spirit began to control him by degrees, but the same justice also demanded that it should leave him by degrees, as in fact it did leave him up until the soul had been released from the body. Then the devil accompanied the soul to her judgment.

    The Judge said to him: 'You have chastised and sifted her like wheat. Now it belongs to Me to crown her with a double crown because of her confession. Go away from the soul whom you chastised for so long.'

    And He said: 'Come, happy soul, perceive My glory and joy with the senses of your spirit!'

    To the other soul He said: 'Since you did not have the true faith and yet were honored and praised as being one of the faithful, and since you did not have the perfect deeds of the righteous, you will not have the wages of the faithful. During your lifetime you wondered why I would die for you and why I humbled Myself for you.

    Now I answer you that the faith of the holy Church is true and leads souls upward, while My passion and blood allows them to enter Heaven. Therefore, your faithlessness and your false love will press you down into nothingness, and you will be nothing with respect to eternal spiritual goods. As to why the devil did not go out of that other man in the sight of everyone, I answer: 'This world is like a lowly hovel compared to the tabernacle that God inhabits, and the people provoke God to anger. This is why he went out by degrees just as he had entered him.'"


Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden
Book Three: Chapter Thirty-One