When a certain priest was burying a person who had been sick in bed for three and a half years, the bride heard the Spirit saying: "My friend, what are you doing? Why do you presume to touch the dead with your bloodied hands? Why do you make loud appeals to the Almighty for this man's sake with a froglike voice? How do you presume to appease the Judge for his sake when your own morals and manners are more like a jester's than those of a devout priest? It is the power of My words and not your doing that will profit the dead man. It is his faith and long-suffering that will bring him to his reward."
The Spirit then said to the bride: "This man's hands are bloodied in the sense that all his deeds are of a sensual nature. His hands are not worthy to touch the dead man in the sense that he is of no help to him by reason of his own worth but only through the nobleness of the sacrament.
"Good priests benefit souls especially in two ways: first, through the power of the Lord's body and, second, through the love that burns in them.
"This priest's voice is like that of frogs in the sense that it is full of dirty deeds and sensual pleasure. His moral behavior is like that of a jester. What else does a jester do but conform himself to worldly morality? What other tune does he sing but 'Let us eat and drink and enjoy life's pleasures'? That is how this man acts. He conforms himself to everyone else in his dress and behavior in order to please them. He incites them all to excess by his own example and extravagance, saying: 'Let us eat and drink, for the joy of the Lord is our strength. It is enough for us to reach the gates of glory. Even if I am not allowed to enter, it is enough for me to sit outside the gates. I have no wish to be perfect.'
"This manner of voice and living is indeed serious. No one shall reach the gates of glory but the perfect or those who have been perfectly purified. No one shall possess My glory but those who perfectly desire it and perfectly struggle to attain it while they can.
"Yet I, the Lord of the universe, enter into this priest, though without being either enclosed or defiled. I enter as a Bridegroom, I leave as the future Judge, scorned by the receiver. I will, therefore, as I have said, come to priests, bringing seven plagues. They shall be deprived of everything they held dear. They shall be cast out of God's sight and sentenced in His wrath.
"They shall be handed over to demons to suffer without rest, scorned by all, lacking all good things and abounding in every evil. They will likewise be scourged by seven bodily ills, as Israel was. Hence, you should not wonder when I am tolerant with the wicked or when any irreverence is shown to My sacrament. I endure it until the end in order to reveal My patience as well as human ingratitude. Nor should you worry when offenses are committed against My Body, such as when you heard about its being spat out. The sensible species show their deficiency as is proper to them, and yet, being transparent, they reveal human ingratitude and show people to be culpable and unworthy to receive Holy Communion."
The Spirit spoke again to the soul of the dead man: "O, soul, rejoice and exult, because your faith has separated you from the devil. Your simplicity has shortened for you the way through Purgatory. Your patience has brought you to the gates of glory where My mercy will lead you in and crown you."