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Revelations of St. Bridget

Revelations and Prophecies Imparted to St. Bridget

Book Three

Chapter Seven

          The Virgin's words to the bride comparing a world-loving bishop to a bellows full of air or to a snail lying in filth, and she speaks about the sentence dealt out to such a bishop who is the very opposite of Bishop Ambrose, a saintly man who nourished back to life souls who had been deprived of the waters of truth and temperance.

    "Scripture says: 'He who loves his own soul in this world will lose it.' Now this bishop loved his own soul with his every desire, and there were no spiritual inclinations in his heart.

    He might well be compared to an air-filled bellows next to a forge. Just as there is air left in the bellows once the coals are spent and the red-hot metal is flowing, so too, although this man has given his nature everything it craves, uselessly wasting his time, the same inclinations are still left in him like the air in the bellows. His will is inclined to worldly pride and lust. Because of these vices, he offers an excuse and a sinful example to people with hardened hearts who, wasted in sins, are flushed down to hell.

    This was not the attitude of the good bishop Ambrose. His heart was filled with God's will. He ate and slept with temperance. He expelled the desire for sin and spent his time usefully and morally, He might well be called a bellows of virtue.

    He healed the wounds of sin with words of truth. He inflamed those who had grown cold in God's love by the example of his own good works. He cooled those who were burning with sinful desire by the purity of his life. In this way, he helped many people to avoid entering the death of hell, for divine love remained in him as long as he lived.

    This bishop, on the other hand, is like a snail that reclines in its native filth and drags its head on the ground. In similar fashion, this man reclines and has his delight in sinful abomination, letting his mind be drawn to worldliness rather than to the thought of eternity, I would have him reflect on three things:

    First, the way in which he has exercised his priestly ministry.

    Second, the meaning of that gospel phrase: 'They have sheep's clothing but are ravenous wolves on the inside.'

    Third, the reason why his heart burns for temporal things but is cold toward the Creator of all things."

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