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Revelations of St. Bridget

Revelations and Prophecies Imparted to St. Bridget

Book Four

Chapter Ninety-Three

          In Chapter Ninety-Three of Book Four of the Prophesies and Revelations of St. Bridget of Sweden, Jesus speaks to the bride and gives her three precepts, namely, to desire nothing but food and clothing, not to long to have spiritual benefits except according to God's will, and not to be sad about anything but her sins and those of others. Then our Lord confides to her about those who refuse to convert and purge their sins through austere penance in this life, the result being they will be severely punished at their particular judgment with a long stay in Purgatory. Because of this revelation, Bridget was prompted to seek out a certain cleric and to admonish him to confess the sins he had not divulged to his confessor in prior Sacraments of Penance. The religious brother realized she spoke on behalf of Heaven and wept at her feet, imploring her to hasten a confessor to him so that he could truly repent. It was good timing for he died that very night with a pure soul.

    The Son speaks: "I give you three precepts: first, to desire nothing beyond food and clothing; second, not to long for spiritual things except according to My will; third, not to be sad about anything but your own sins and those of others.

    "If you do feel sorrow, consider then My strict judgment, which you can fear and ponder from the case of a certain man who has already received his sentence. He entered the monastery with three intentions in mind. He did not want to have to work, and he did not want to have to worry about food. In the third place, he thought to himself as follows: 'If a temptation of the flesh should seize me, I shall be able to evade it by some means without intercourse.'

    On account of all this, he was afflicted in three ways. Since he did not want to work, he was forced to work by threats and blows. In return for his second intention, he suffered nakedness and lack of food. Third, he was despised by everyone to such an extent that he was unable to experience any pleasure in his sensuality.

    "When the time for his profession came, he thought to himself as follows: 'Since I cannot live in the world without working, it is better for me to live in the monastery and work for God.'

    "Because of his cooperative will, My mercy and justice came to him in order to cleanse him and bring him to My eternal glory. Once he had made his profession, he was struck down with a grave illness and suffered so much that his eyes went out due to the pain, his ears could hear nothing, and he was destitute in his every limb, all because he had not wanted to work. He suffered greater nakedness than he had in his worldly state. When he had delicious food, he could not eat it. When his natural appetites pined for it, he did not have it. He was so physically wasted before he died that he was like a cumbersome log.

    "When he died, he came like a thief to his trial, because he had wanted to live in the religious state according to his own preferences and not for the improvement of his life. Yet it was not fitting for him to be sentenced like a thief, since, though he was childish and foolish in his reason and conscience, still he had faith and hope in Me, his God, and therefore he was sentenced in accord with mercy. Because his sin could not be fully purged by means of his physical punishment, his soul is now being so severely punished in Purgatory that it is as though his skin had been peeled off and his bones placed in an oil-press so as better to squeeze the marrow out of them.

    "How those people will suffer who have spent their entire lives in sin and who never did or willed anything to the contrary! Woe to them, for they say to me: 'Why did God die or what use was there in His death?'

    "This is how they repay Me for redeeming them and saving them and giving them health and all that they need. I shall therefore seek judgment from them because they have broken the faith that they pledged to Me in baptism, and because they do wrong every day and scorn My commandments. I shall not let their least little dereliction of religious duty go unpunished."


    This brother had a secret sin and never wished to confess it. On the command of Christ, Lady Bridget went to him and said: "Do more diligent penance, for there is something hidden in your heart, and as long as you keep it shut up, you will not be able to die."

    He answered her that there was nothing that he had not made known in confession.

    But she said: "Examine your intention upon entering the monastery and with what intention you have lived up to now, and you shall find the truth in your heart."

    Then he broke into tears and said: "Blessed be God Who has sent you to me! Now that you have spoken of my secret, I am willing to tell the truth to those listening. I do have something hidden in my heart that I never dared nor could bring out. As often as I have repented in confession of my other sins, my tongue was always tied about this one. An exceedingly great shame took hold of me, and I could not confess the secret remorse of my heart. Each time I made confession of my heart, I invented for myself a new conclusion to my wording. I used to say: 'Father, I confess my guilt to you concerning all the sins I have mentioned and even any others that I have not mentioned.' I thought that in this way all my hidden sins would be pardoned. But now, my Lady, if it please God, I will gladly tell the whole world about all I have concealed in my heart for so long a time."

    A confessor was called, and he made a complete and tearful declaration of his sins. He died that very night.

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