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Revelations of St. Bridget

Revelations and Prophecies Imparted to St. Bridget

Book Four

Chapter Fifty and Fifty One

          We combine Chapters Fifty and Fifty-One of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden since they dove-tail into each other. We see this holy saint's unfathomable vision of the judgment of a multitude of persons still in life, in which she heard: "If people would rectify their sins, I, too, will lighten their sentence." If only people today would understand the hope of that promise and amend their lives. In the second part the bride receives an admirable and yet terrible vision about a soul led who is led before the Judge, and we are given the arguments of God and the book's judgment against the soul and that soul's evidence against herself, and how that affects the various astounding punishments inflicted on her in Purgatory. It should wake us all up that there are consequences for our actions, especially vanity and faithfulness. We should realize we will have to make an accounting for our entire lives before the Divine Judge Who knows all and it is written in the Book of Justice.

    It seemed to me as though a King was seated on a Judgment seat, and each living person stood before Him. Each person had two beings standing next to him, one of whom appeared like an armed soldier, the other like a black Ethiopian.

    A pulpit stood before the judgment seat. On it lay a book, arranged in the same way as I saw earlier when I saw three kings standing before Him. It seemed to me that the whole world was standing before the pulpit. Then I heard the Judge saying to the armed soldier: "Call those whom you have served with love!"

    Those who were named fell down immediately. Some of them lay there for a longer while, others for a shorter, before their souls were separated from the body.

    I am unable to grasp everything I heard and saw then, for I heard the sentences of many people still living but who will soon be called.

    However, the following was said to me by the Judge: "If people would rectify their sins, I, too, will lighten their sentence." Then I saw many people being sentenced, some to Purgatory, others to everlasting woe.

    It seemed that I saw a soul being led to the Judge by the soldier and the Ethiopian whom I had seen earlier. It was said to me: "What you now see all took place in regard to that soul when she was released from the body."

    Once the soul had been escorted into the presence of the Judge, she stood there alone, no longer in the hands of either of her escorts. She stood there naked and sorrowful, not knowing to what place she would come. It seemed to me then that every word in the Book gave its own answer to each and every thing the soul was saying.

    In the hearing of the Judge and of the entire Host, the armed soldier spoke first, saying: "It is not right to bring up as a reproach against this soul the sins for which she has made reparation in confession."

    I beheld all this but realized then quite well that the soldier who was speaking already had knowledge of everything in God but spoke so that I would understand.

    A reply then came from the Book of Justice: "Although this soul did perform penance, it was not accompanied by a contrition or true satisfaction proportionate to her great sins. She should therefore suffer now for those sins for which she did not make reparation when she was able."

    When this was said, the soul began to weep so violently that it was as though she had broken down completely, and yet, though her tears could be seen, not a sound could be heard.

    Then the King said to the soul: "Let your conscience now declare those sins that were not accompanied by a proportionate satisfaction."

    Then the soul raised her voice with such force that it was as though it could be heard throughout the whole world. She said: "Woe is me that I did not act according to God's commands, which I heard and knew!" Then she added in self-accusation: "I did not fear God's judgment."

    The book replied to her: "You must therefore now fear the devil."

    Right away the soul began to fear and tremble, as if she were melting away completely, and she said: "I had almost no love for God: That is why I did so little good."

    An immediate reply was made to her from the book: 'That is why it is just for you to approach closer to the devil than to God, because the devil lured and enticed you to himself with his temptations."

    The soul replied: "I understand now that everything I did was done on the promptings of the devil."

    A reply was made from the Book: "Justice dictates that it is the devil's right to repay your accomplishments with pain and punishment."

    The soul said: "From head to heel there was nothing I did not dress with pride. Some of my vain and proud manners I invented myself, others I just followed according to the custom of my native land. I washed my hands and face not only in order to be clean but also to be called beautiful by men."

    A reply was made from the Book: "Justice says that it is the devil's right to repay you for what you have earned, since you dressed and adorned yourself as he inspired and told you to do."

    The soul said again: "My mouth was often open for bawdy talk, because I wanted to please others, and my heart longed for all those things provided it did not result in worldly disgrace or disapproval."

    A reply was made from the Book: "That is why your tongue must be drawn out and stretched and your teeth bent in. And all the things you most detest will be set before you, and all the things you like will be taken away from you."

    The soul said: "I enjoyed it immensely when many people took after my example and noticed what I did and copied my manners."

    A reply was made from the Book: "Hence, it is just that everyone caught in the sin for which you are about to be punished should also suffer the same punishment and be brought to you. Then your pain will be increased each time someone comes who copied your fashions."

    After these words, it seemed to me as though a chain was wound about her head like a crown and then tightened so hard that the front and back of her head were joined together. Her eyes fell out of their sockets and dangled by their roots at her cheeks. Her hair looked like it had been scorched by flames, and her brains were shattered and flowed out through her nostrils and ears.

    Her tongue was stretched out and her teeth pressed in. Her arms were twisted like ropes and their bones broke. Her hands, with their skin peeled off, were fastened to her throat. Her breast and belly were bound so hard with her back that her ribs were broken and her heart spilled out together with all her entrails; her thighs dangled at her flanks, and their broken bones were being pulled out just like a thin thread is used to thread a needle.

    After this sight, the Ethiopian replied: "O Judge, the soul's sins have now been punished according to justice. Now join the two of us, this soul and me, so that we may never be separated!"

    But the armed soldier replied: "Hear, Judge, You Who know all things! It concerns You now to hear the last thought and feeling that this soul had at the end of her life. At the very last moment she had the following thought: 'O, if God would only give me enough life, I would gladly make reparation for my sins and serve Him all the rest of my lifetime and never more offend him.' O Judge, such were her last thoughts and wishes. Remember, too, Lord, that this person did not live long enough to acquire a fully understanding conscience. Therefore, Lord, think of her youth and treat her mercifully!"

    A reply was then made from the Book of Justice: "Last thoughts such as these do not deserve hell." Then the Judge said: "Because of My passion, let Heaven be opened up for this soul once she has undergone purgation for her sins for as much time as she is bound to suffer, unless she receives assistance from the good works of others still alive."

EXPLANATION This woman made a vow of virginity in the presence of a priest, and then married later on. She died giving birth.

Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden
Book Four: Chapter Fifty and Fifty-One