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Revelations of St. Bridget

Revelations and Prophecies Imparted to St. Bridget

Book Four

Chapter Twenty-Five

          In Book Four, Chapter Twenty-five of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, we see where the Blessed Mother admonishes the daughter about how a person should not pay attention to carnal desires but should nourish the body on a moderate diet of necessities, and about how a person should stand by his or her body but not in the body. That way they will not be prey to the temptations of lust, but understand God's reason for one's existence and receive Him as the Bridegroom in a spiritual way that will pave the way to everlasting bliss in Heaven.

    The Mother speaks: "You should be like a bride standing before the bed-curtain, ready to do as the bridegroom wishes as soon as he calls. This bed-curtain is the body that veils the soul and has to be constantly washed, tried, and tested. The body is like a donkey that needs a diet moderate enough so as not to become gluttonous, sensible work so as not to become proud, and constant beating so as not to grow lazy.

    So, stand by the bed-curtain, that is, stand by the body but not in the body in the sense of attending to the desires of the flesh but nourishing the body on a moderate diet of necessities.

    That person stands by the body and not in the body who keeps his or her body from unnecessary desire for food. Stand also behind the bed-curtain in the sense of scorning the lust of the flesh, doing honor to God, and spending your energies entirely for Him.

    In this way stood those who spread their bodies out like clothes for God, who were at all times ready to do as He wished, whenever it pleased Him to call them. They did not have a long way to go to Him Whom they kept ever present. Heavy burdens did not weigh upon their necks, for they scorned every burden and were in the world in body alone. This is why they flew free and unimpeded to Heaven. Nothing impeded them but a dry and well-disciplined garment, and when they had taken it off, they obtained their heart's desire.

    This man had a dangerous fall but wisely raised himself up. He defended himself like a man, fought steadfastly, and persevered with persistence. This is why he shall now receive an eternal crown and find himself already in the presence of God."

Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden
Book Four: Chapter Twenty-four