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Revelations of St. Bridget

Revelations and Prophecies Imparted to St. Bridget

Book Four

Chapter Forty-Four

          In Book Four of Chapter Forty-Four of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden we see where Our Lord Jesus Christ's words to the bride liken the body to a ship and the world to the sea. He explains to Bridget how free will can lead souls to Heaven or to hell, and the comparison of earthly beauty to a glass, which is usefull as container. But if that container breaks, what happens to its contents? They spill all over, no longer secure; so also with man's soul, if he does not curb his body as far as vice is concerned, the protective shell of virtue will be penetrated and, as the body is led, so also is the soul. Without the protection of grace, the devil destroys the container God has given every man to protect his soul.

    The Son speaks: "Listen, you who long for the harbor after the storms of this world. Whoever is at sea has nothing to fear so long as that person stays there with Him Who can stop the winds from blowing, Who can order any bodily harm to go away and the rocky crags to soften, Who can command the storm-winds to lead the ship to a restful harbor. So it is in the physical world.

    "There are those who lead the body like a ship across the waters of the world, bringing some people consolation but others distress, for human free will leads some souls to Heaven, others to the depths of hell.

    "The human will is pleasing to God when it desires to hear nothing more fervently than God's praise nor to live for anything other than God's service, for God dwells happily in such a will and lightens every danger and smoothes away all the crags by which the soul is often endangered.

    "What do these rocky crags represent if not evil desire? It is delightful to see and own worldly possessions, to rejoice in the elegance of one's body and to taste whatever delights the flesh. Such things often endanger the soul.

    "But when God is on board the ship, all these things grow weak, and the soul scorns them all, for all bodily and earthly beauty is like a glass that is painted on the outside but full of earth on the inside. When the glass gets broken, it is no more useful than the dark soil of the earth, which has been created for no other purpose than to be used, if one owns any, in order to gain Heaven.

    "All those people who no more desire to hear of their own or the world's esteem than they do the noxious air, those who mortify every limb of their body and hate the abominable lust of their flesh, all these can rest here in quiet and wake up with joy, because God is with them at all times."

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