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Revelations of St. Bridget

Revelations and Prophecies Imparted to St. Bridget

Book Four

Chapter Sixty-Seven

          In Chapter Sixty-Seven of Book Four of the Prophesies and Revelations of St. Bridget of Sweden, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ returns to share with the bride how all things proceed according to His designs in revealing His magnificence. He confides that it is the woman He created to give birth and just as a tree's seeds give birth to a good tree to grow strong, tall and fruitful, so also bad seeds planted will produce an evil tree, a bitter tree as He explains that can produce nothing but bitter fruit. That is why by God's design He allows free choice for the sinner to make just as He freely gives the devil enough rope to hang himself as well as those who willingly follow God's adversary. To those who are faithful to Christ, there will be good fruit through and through, through the seeds of virtues, whereas those who veer will find beneath the skin of the fruit of their work, bitterness and thorns, rotting fruit that turns to vice, as He reminded us in the Gospel of St. Matthew 7: 15-20 that is destined for the inferno of hell. That is why we must always be on our guard and nourish the good tree of our souls so that grace can protect us from disease of the soul, which is mortal sin.

    The Son now speaks to the bride: "I Am One God together with the Father and the Holy Ghost. All things were foreseen and established by My divine providence from the beginning and before the ages. All things, bodily as well as spiritual, have a certain plan and order, and they exist and move along according as My foreknowledge has ordained and foreknown. Three examples will help you to understand this.

    "First, you can understand it from living things as well as from the fact that the woman and not the man gives birth.

    "Second, it can be seen from the fact that sweet trees bear sweet fruit, while bitter trees bear bitter fruit.

    "Third, it can be seen from the stars, that is, that the sun and moon and all the heavenly bodies complete their course as predetermined in My divinity. Rational souls are also foreknown in My divinity. I know beforehand what they will become, but My foreknowledge is in no way an obstacle or hindrance to them, for I have given them free voluntary motion, that is, free will and the power to choose whatever they like.

    "Consequently, as the woman and not the man gives birth, so too the good soul, God's wife, should give birth with God's help, for the soul was created in order to advance in virtue and grow fruitful through the seed of the virtues, so that she may be clasped in the arms of divine love.

    "The soul that falls away from her original excellence and from her Creator acts contrary to God's plans and is therefore unworthy of God's sweetness.

    "Second, God's unchanging plan appears in trees, because sweet trees bear sweet fruit and bitter trees the opposite. A date has both a sweet pulp and a hard stone. Similarly, it has been foreseen from all eternity that wherever the Holy Ghost dwells, there all worldly delight turns vile, and all worldly honor becomes burdensome. In such a heart, however, there is so much strength and hardiness from the Holy Ghost that it is not cast down by any adversity nor overly elated by any success. It has been similarly foreseen from all eternity that wherever the devil's briar is, the fruit will be red on the outside but all unclean and full of prickles on the inside. Thus, while there is momentary and apparent sweetness in the devil's delight, it is full of thorns and tribulations, because the more someone gets entangled in the world, the more heavily that person is weighed down by the burden of the account to be rendered. And so, just as every tree produces its fruit according to the kind of roots and trunk it has, so too every person is judged according to the intention behind his or her deeds.

    "In the third place, all the elements keep to their own order and motion, as foreseen from eternity, and move according to the will of their Maker. Likewise, every rational creature should move and prepare itself according to the order established by the Creator. When a rational creature does the opposite, it is obvious that it is abusing its freedom of choice. So, while irrational creatures keep to their limits, rational human beings debase their original excellence and render their sentence heavier by not making use of their reason.

    "Thus, the human will must be guarded. I do no more injury to the devil than to My angels. As God requires that chaste, indescribable sweetness from His bride, so the devil looks for thorns and prickles from his bride. Yet, the devil can in no way prevail, unless the power of the will has been corrupted."

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