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Revelations of St. Bridget

Revelations and Prophecies Imparted to St. Bridget

Book Four

Chapter Thirty-Five through Thirty-Seven

          In Book Four, Chapter Thirty-Five through Thirty-Seven of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, the Holy Trinity visits her after she express her desire for the salvation of souls, and we hear the answer given her through both the Holy Ghost and Our Lord Himself, namely that people's excesses and superfluity in food and drink are an obstacle to the visitations of the Sanctifier given to them; also how the religious used to enter monasteries out of holy fear and divine charity, but now God's enemies, that is, false religious, go off into the world out of wicked pride and cupidity; similarly, Jesus speaks about knights and their knightly service. Then Christ asks the bride how it stands with the world, and she answers that it is like an open sack to which everyone senselessly runs, and then hears Christ's severe and just condemnation of such people.

    "O sweet Jesus, Creator of all that has been created! Would that these people knew and understood the warmth of Your Holy Spirit! Then they would long more for Heaven and abhor the things of the earth."

    An answer immediately came to me in spirit, saying: "Their excesses and superfluity are an obstacle to the visitations of the Holy Ghost. You see, excesses in food and drink and in banqueting with friends prevent both the Holy Spirit from becoming sweet to them and their having had enough of worldly pleasure. Excess of gold and silver, equipment, clothing, and income prevent the spirit of my love from inflaming and kindling their hearts. Excess of servants and horses and animals are an obstacle to the approach of the Holy Ghost. No, indeed, they withdraw themselves from their servants, My angels, while their betrayers, the devils, draw near to them. They are therefore ignorant of the sweetness and the visitation by which I, who am God, visit holy souls and My friends."

    God continued in revealing to the bride the following: "Hear now what My enemies do as opposed to what My friends once did. My friends used to enter monasteries out of wise fear and divine charity. But those who are now in the monasteries go off into the world out of pride and cupidity, following their selfish will and living for the pleasures of their body. The judgment for those who die with such a disposition is that they shall neither experience nor obtain heavenly joy but only endless punishment in hell.

    "Know, too, that those who live in a cloister but are forced by divine charity and against their own will to become superiors shall not be counted in that number. Knights, moreover, who used to bear arms, were prepared to give their lives for justice and to shed their blood for the sake of the holy faith by helping the needy to obtain justice and by restraining evildoers and keeping them humble.

    "Yet, now hear how far they have turned away. Nowadays they prefer to die in war for the sake of pride and cupidity and envy, on the promptings of the devil, rather than to live according to My commands in order to obtain everlasting joy. Therefore, the wages of a just condemnation shall be given to all those who die with such a disposition. This means that devils will be given to their souls to be eternally joined with them as their wages. However, those who do serve Me are to receive their soldier's wages together with the heavenly army forever without end."

    The Son then speaks: "Daughter, how stands the world now?"

    She answers: "Like an open sack to which everyone runs, like a man running without caring what he is following."

    The Lord answers: "Therefore, I am right to go with my plow over the earth, plowing over Gentiles and Christians, sparing neither old nor young, neither poor nor rich. Each shall be judged according to his or her own righteousness, and each shall die in his or her own sin, and their homes shall be left without inhabitants. However, I shall not do this until the consummation."

    She replied: "O Lord, do not get angry if I speak. Send some of your friends to warn and admonish them about their danger!"

    And the Lord said: "It is written that when the rich man despaired of his own salvation in hell, he asked that someone might be sent to warn his brothers so that they would not perish in the same way. The answer to him was: 'That shall in no way be done, for they have Moses and the prophets to teach them.' So I tell you now: They have the Gospels and the sayings of the prophets, they have the words and examples of the holy doctors, they have reason and intelligence.

    "Let them make use of these things, and they will be saved. If I send you, you would not be able to cry out loud enough to be heard. If I send My friends, there are but few of them, and if they cry out, they will scarcely be heard. However, I will send My friends to those I choose, and they shall prepare the way for God."

Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden
Book Four: Chapter Thirty-Five through Thirty-Seven