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Revelations of St. Bridget

Revelations and Prophecies Imparted to St. Bridget

Book Four

Chapter Six

          Throughout the last two books recorded by St. Bridget of Sweden, this mystical saint has been blessed by God with heavenly visits by various saints. This time she is addressed by the Apostle of the Gentiles St. Paul who tells the bride the noble story about how he was called by God through the prayers of Saint Stephen, the proto-martyr of the Church whom Paul himself made the order for Stephen's execution. Yet, as Paul tells it, it was through Stephen's prayers for Paul and Paul's own heart in having a sort of pity for Stephen and the Christians that was the spark that allowed God to make this wolf of a man, persecutor of His disciples, into a lamb and one of the fiercest defenders of Christ and the Church He established. Paul became a lamb whose evangelistic roar in spreading the truth was similar to a lion.

    St. Paul speaks to the bride of Christ, saying: "My daughter, you compared me to a lion that was raised among wolves but was rescued from them in a wonderful way. I was indeed a greedy wolf, my daughter, but God made a lamb out of the wolf for two reasons. The first was because of his great love, for he makes the vessels of his grace out of unworthy materials, and he makes friends out of sinners. The second was because of the prayers of St. Stephen, the first martyr.

    "Let me describe how I was and what I had in mind at Stephen's stoning and why I deserved his prayers. I neither rejoiced nor delighted in St. Stephen's sufferings, nor did I envy his glory. Still I wanted him to die because, to my mind, I did not see him as having the true faith.

    "When I saw his immense zeal and his patient endurance of suffering, I grieved terribly over his lack of faith - when in fact he was the truly faithful one and I altogether blind and faithless. Out of compassion for him I prayed and begged with my whole heart that his bitter sufferings might bring him to glory and reward.

    "Because of this, his prayers benefited me first of all, for, through them, I was rescued from the many wolves and made into a gentle lamb.

    "This is why it is good to pray for everyone, because the prayer of the righteous benefits those who are closer and better prepared to receive grace.

    "However, I now complain that this man who spoke so eloquently among the learned and was so patient before those who stoned him has been wholly forgotten in the hearts of many people and especially neglected by those who ought to serve him night and day. They bring him their broken and empty vessels, dirty and disgusting. Therefore, as it is written, they shall be clothed 'in double confusion and shame' and shall be thrown out of the houses of pleasure."

Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden
Book Four: Chapter Six