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Revelations of St. Bridget

Revelations and Prophecies Imparted to St. Bridget


Book Four

Chapter Thirty-Four

          In Book Four, Chapter Thirty-Four of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden The bride's vision about various punishments being prepared for a certain soul as yet alive in body, and about how all these kinds of punishments, if his soul should be converted before death, would be converted into the greatest honor and glory. As St. Peter writes in Sacred Scripture that "the devil goeth about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" and here we see how good works and faith can rescue one from the teeth of the lethal beast.

    St. Bridget recalls from a vision God showed to her with Our Blessed Mother to explain as the bride recalls in first person mode how it seemed to her that "I saw some people standing around getting ropes ready, while some were standing and getting horses ready, and others were busy forging tongs or constructing a gallows. While I was looking at all this, a maiden appeared who seemed to be troubled. She asked if I understood it all. When I answered that I did not understand, she said:"

    "All this that you see is the spiritual punishment being prepared for the soul of that man whom you know. The ropes are for tying to the horse that will drag his soul. The tongs are for tearing his nose, eyes, ears, and lips off. The gallows is for hanging him."

    "Since I was upset over this, the maiden told me:"

    "Do not be upset. There is still time. If he wants, he will be able to break the ropes, knock down the horses, melt the tongs like wax, and remove the gallows. Moreover, he can obtain such an ardent love of God that these symbols of punishments will become for him the highest marks of honor, so much so that the ropes that were to bind him in contempt will be turned into belts of gold for him.

    "Instead of the horses that were to drag him across the plains, angels will be sent to escort him into the presence of God. Instead of the tongs with which he was to be terribly mutilated, his nostrils will be filled with a fine fragrance and his mouth with a fine taste, his eyes with the loveliest of sights, his ears with the most delightful of melodies."

EXPLANATION

    This man was a marshal of the king. He came to Rome with so much humility and contrition that he would frequently go around the stations with bared head, praying to God and getting others to pray that he would not return to his country if that meant a relapse into his former sins. God heard his petition. When he left Rome and came to Montefiascone, he fell ill and died there.

    Another revelation also concerns him as Our Lady explains to the bride: "Daughter, see what God's mercy accomplishes, what a good intention accomplishes. This soul was in the jaws of the lion, but his good intention snatched him away from the lion's teeth, and he is now on the way to the homeland, and he will partake of all the goods that occur in the church of God."


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