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Revelations of St. Bridget

Revelations and Prophecies Imparted to St. Bridget

Book Four

Chapter Ninety-Seven

          In Chapter Ninety-Seven of Book Four of the Prophesies and Revelations of St. Bridget of Sweden, Jesus dispatches St. Bridget to speak to a lukewarm bishop who has risen in the hierarchy. She is to speak God's words to this prelate, utilizing the simile of a water wheel to instill in him an urgency to change his ways back to being a devout soul for he has lost the heat of devotion and holy meditation due to his own pride, ambition, and worldly entanglements which stop up the flow of graces via the water. To restart the wheel, he must take account of his vocation and return to the disciplines of the priesthood and carry out the duties of his office in humility and constant prayer. She reminds him what Jesus has warned of, and that is that he is accountable for not only his own soul but those of his flock for unless he and all shepherds reform their ways, it will not go well at judgment time.

    The Son speaks through the bride to a certain prelate and tells him: "You are like an immobile mill wheel. When it stands fixed and does not move, then the grain does not get ground in the mill. This wheel signifies your will. It should be mobile not with respect to your own will and desire but to Mine, and you ought to surrender yourself completely into My hands. However, this wheel is very immobile toward My will, since the water of earthly consideration is troubling your mind too much. The contemplation of My works and My passion is almost dead in your heart, for which reason you have no feeling or taste for the food of the soul.

    "So break through the obstacle that obstructs the passage of the water! Let the water flow so that it makes the wheel turn and become mobile again so that the grain can be easily ground.

    "The obstacle holding back the water is mental pride and ambition. These obstruct the grace of the Holy Ghost and impede all the good fruit that the soul should be producing.

    "Receive into your mind the true humility through which the sweetness of My Spirit will flow into your soul and earthly considerations will be washed away. Humility will make your will perfectly mobile with respect to My will, and then you will begin to regard your works as seeds of grain and count my works as great.

    "What is true humility? Certainly not caring about human popularity or disfavor. Rather, it is to tread My forgotten and neglected path, not seeking after superfluous possessions but contenting yourself with simpler things. If you love this path, then you will obtain a liking for the spiritual life. Then My passion and the path of my saints will seem sweet to your mind, and you will understand how much you owe to the souls whom you have undertaken to guide.

    "Now that you have ascended to the top of the wheel on the two feet of power and distinction, you have become covetous because of your power and proud because of your distinction. So come down now by humbling yourself in your mind and by asking the humble to pray for you.

    "I shall surely send upon you the rapid stream of My justice and exact the last farthing from you along with an account of your affections, thoughts, words, and deeds. I shall also exact an account of the souls whom I have entrusted to your care, those whom I Myself redeemed with My blood."

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