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Revelations of St. Bridget

Revelations and Prophecies Imparted to St. Bridget

Book Four

Chapter Sixty-Three

          In Chapter Sixty-Three of Book Four of the Prophesies and Revelations of St. Bridget of Sweden, the old devil is back to his nasty ways in trying to persuade the bride through specious arguments that Jesus is not truly present in the bread. Again, Christ comes to corner him, deride him with facts that even satan must admit. Yes, the dark one is forced to tell the truth as Our Lord speaks of the assurance and beneficial instruction for the welfare of St. Bridget understanding how there can be no doubt concerning His glorious body in the sacrament. Christ again reinforces that those who receive unworthily will have hell to pay for He will return at judgment time to render their consequences, but those who worthily eat His Body and Drink His Blood will have life everlasting as He promised in St. John 6: 55 and as the priest prays in the Perceptio Corporis prayer at Holy Mass between the Agnus Dei and Domine, non sum dignus.

    A demon with an enormous belly appeared to the bride and said: "Woman, what do you believe? What great things are you thinking about? I, too, know many things and want to prove what I say with clear reasoning, but I would advise you to stop thinking about unbelievable things and to trust your senses. Do you not see with your eyes and hear with the ears of your body the sound of the breaking of the material bread of the host? You have seen it being spat out, touched, shamefully thrown on the ground, and suffering many other indignities that I would never allow to be done to me. Even if it is possible for God to be in the mouth of the righteous, how can he stoop to come to the unrighteous whose greed is without limit or measure?"

    She turned to Christ Who had appeared in human form immediately after the temptations. She said: "O Lord Jesus Christ, I thank You for all things and especially for these three.

    "First, that You clothe my soul with the inspiration of penance and contrition by which every sin is washed away, no matter how serious.

    "Second, that You feed my soul with the infusion of Your charity and the memory of Your passion by which the soul is refreshed as though with the best of foods.

    "Third, that You console all those who invoke You in the midst of hardship. Therefore, Lord, have mercy on me and strengthen my faith, for, although I deserve to be handed over to the deceits of the devil, still I believe that he can do nothing without y\Your permission and that Your permission is never given without consolation."

    Then Christ said to the devil: "Why are you speaking to My new bride?"

    The devil answered: "Because she is tied to me, and I still hope to ensnare her in my snares. She is tied to me when, by consenting to me, she has sought to please and has pleased me more than You, her Creator. I have watched her ways, and they have not yet escaped my memory."

    The Lord answered: "Are you a negotiator, then, and a spy of every highway?"

    The devil answered: "Yes, I am a spy but in darkness. You made me dark."

    The Lord asked: "When were you able to see and how did you become dark?"

    The demon said, "I could see when You created me most beautiful, but, because I rashly thrust myself upon Your splendor, it blinded me like the basilisk. I could see You when I desired Your beauty. I could see You and knew You in my conscience when You rejected me. I also recognized You in Your assumed flesh, and I did what You give me permission to do. I recognized You when You robbed me of Your captives. Every day I recognize the power by which You mock and shame me."

    The Lord said: "If you know and understand the truth about Me, why do you lie to My chosen ones, when you realize the truth about Me? Did I not say that he who eats My flesh shall have eternal life? And you say that it is a lie and that no one eats My flesh. Hence, My people are more idolatrous than those who worship stones and trees. Although I know all things, yet answer Me while this woman here is listening, for she is unable to understand spiritual truths except by means of images. Was My body that Thomas touched after My resurrection a spiritual or corporeal body? If it was corporeal, how did it pass through the locked doors? But, if it was spiritual, how was it visible to corporeal eyes?"

    The devil answered: "It is hard to speak when the speaker is held in suspicion by everyone and he is unwillingly compelled to speak the truth. However, seeing that I am compelled, I state that You were both corporeal and spiritual after rising from the dead. It is because of the eternal power of Your divinity and because of a special privilege of Your glorified flesh that You can enter anywhere and be present everywhere."

    The Lord said further: "Tell Me, when Moses' staff was turned into a serpent, was it only the image of a serpent or was it completely a serpent both inside and outside? And tell Me again, the leftover bread in those baskets, was it really and wholly bread or just the image of bread?"

    The devil answered: "The entire staff became a serpent, what was in the baskets was entirely bread, and it was entirely done by Your power and might."

    The Lord said: "Is it more difficult or more miraculous for Me to perform a similar miracle now than it was then, if I please? Or, if My glorified flesh could pass through the locked doors then, why can it not be in the hands of the priests now? Does it, perhaps, entail an effort for My divinity to unite that which is least with that which is heavenly, the earthly with the most sublime? Certainly not. But, father of lies, just as you excel in wickedness, so too My love is and always shall be upon all creatures. Even if one person should seem to burn the sacrament with fire, or another to trample it underfoot, I alone know the faith of all and arrange everything in due measure and patience. I create something out of nothing and a visible thing out of an invisible one. I can reveal something through a visible sign and shape that, however, truly is one thing in what is signified, yet is seen as something else."

    The devil answered: "I experience the truth of this everyday when people who are my friends depart from me to become Your friends. But what more shall I say? The slave left to himself shows well enough by his will what he would carry out in act if allowed."

    Then the Son of God spoke once more: "My daughter, believe that I am Christ, the restorer of life and not the betrayer; I am the True One, the very Truth itself and not a liar; I am the eternal power without which nothing ever was or shall be. If you believe that I am in the hands of the priest, even if the priest doubts it, then I am truly in his hands due to the faith of the believers and those present, as well as due to the words that I Myself established and uttered. Everyone who receives Me receives both My divine and human natures as well as the form of bread.

    "What is God if not life and sweetness, illuminating light, delightful goodness, judicious justice, saving mercy? What is My humanity if not an active body, the conjunction of God and man, the head of all Christians? Therefore, those who believe in God and receive His body receive the divine nature as well, for they receive life. They also receive the human nature by which God and man are joined. Again, they receive the form of bread, because the One Who is hidden as to his Own form is received beneath a different form as a test of faith.

    "Likewise, wicked persons also receive the same divinity but as a stern judge rather than an affectionate friend. They receive His human nature as well, though less easily appeased. They also receive the form of bread, for they receive the truth hidden beneath the visible form, but it is not sweet to them.

    "Once the priest put Me in his or their mouths and chew, the sacrament is fulfilled, but I depart from them with My divinity and humanity, and only the form of bread remains for them. It is not that I am not truly present in the wicked as well as in the good due to the institution of the sacrament, but that the effect is not the same for the good as for the wicked. Life itself, God, is offered to man in this sacrifice.

    "So, life enters into the wicked but does not remain with them, because they do not give up their wickedness. Thus, only the form of bread remains there for their senses to perceive. Yet, this is not because the bread's form behind the bread's substance has any effect upon them, but because they think no more of what they have received than what they see and perceive of the form of bread and wine. It is as if a mighty lord were to enter someone's house and his appearance were to be noticed but the presence of his goodness ignored."

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