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Revelations of St. Bridget

Revelations and Prophecies Imparted to St. Bridget

Book Four

Chapter Eighty-Eight

          In Chapter Eighty-Eight of Book Four of the Prophesies and Revelations of St. Bridget of Sweden, Christ shares with the bride how all creation is according to His divine Will, except for human beings to whom He gave free will. He likens man's voyage in the world to three sea vessels. These ships are described as the first being one without a rudder or anchor and are tossed to and fro in the sea of life with no compass and will surely sink. The second is one whose rudder and anchor could bread at any moment if the sea churns too much and they flail away, perishing in the deep. The third galleon is one whose sails are firm, the rudder sturdy and the anchor solid. It is set to sail at any time but only if God is attached to them by the three nails of fear of the Lord, humility, and contemplation of His good works. If they are not vigilant, the water of disintegration will seep in and corrode the nails, and all could fall apart. That is why we must keep maintenance on the cables of faith and hope, and make sure the anchor of good will is firm. Then we will know that we are His friends and be confident to sail wherever He so wills.

    The Son speaks: "I am the creator of all spirits good and bad. I am also their ruler and helmsman. Moreover, I am the creator of all animals and of each thing that exists and has life as well as of all each thing that exists but does not have life.

    "Thus, whatever there is in Heaven, on earth, or in the sea, each and every one of them is according to My will except for humankind alone. Know, therefore, that some men are like a boat that has lost both rudder and mast and gets tossed here and there on the swell of the sea until it runs into the cliffs of the island of death. There are on this boat those who, in despair, give their minds over to sensual pleasure.

    "Others are like a boat that still has its mast and rudder and an anchor with two cables. However, the main anchor is broken, and the rudder is on the verge of shattering whenever the force of the waves forces itself between the boat and the rudder. Care must therefore be taken because, while the rudder and boat are still connected, they have, as it were, mutual warmth among themselves thanks to that connection.

    "The third boat has all its riggings and equipment and is set to sail whenever the time comes. The first anchor, the main anchor that I mentioned earlier, is religious discipline that is lowered and lightened with the patience and fervor of divine love. This anchor has been shattered, inasmuch as what the fathers laid down has now been cast underfoot, and everyone regards whatever he finds useful as a part of the religious profession.

    "They are thus carried about like a boat upon the waves. The second anchor, which, as I said, is still in one piece, is the intention of serving God. This is tied by two cables, namely by faith and hope, for they believe Me to be God and place their hope in My will to save them. I am their rudder, and so long as I am in the boat, the swell of the waves does not enter it, and there exists a kind of warmth between them and Me.

    "I remain connected to their boat when they love nothing as much as Me. I am attached to them by the three nails of godly fear, humility, and the contemplation of My works.

    "But if they love anything more than Me, then the water of disintegration enters, then the three nails of fear, humility, and divine contemplation disintegrate, the anchor of good will is shattered, and the cables of faith and hope are broken. The people in this boat are in a state of great insecurity and are thus headed for dangerous places.

    "My friends are found on the third boat because, as I said, it is set for sailing."

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