Revelations of St. Bridget
| |Book One Chapter Eleven
The Son of God spoke to His bride, saying: "I am the Creator of the heavens and the earth and all the things that are in them, and it is My true body that is consecrated on the altar. Love Me with all your heart, for I have loved you, and I delivered Myself up to My enemies willingly, while My friends and My Mother remained in the most bitter sorrow and weeping. When I saw the spear, the nails, the whips, and the other instruments of torture there ready, I still went on, no less joyful, to suffer. And when My head was bleeding on all sides from the crown of thorns, and the blood was flowing on all sides, then, even if My enemies had gotten hold of My heart, I would have, still, rather allowed it to be wounded and torn asunder than lose you. For that reason, you are extremely ungrateful, if you do not love Me for such a great love.
For if My head was pierced and bent down on the cross for your sake, your head should be bent down toward humility. Since My eyes were filled with blood and tears, your eyes should abstain from pleasurable sights. Since My ears were filled with blood and had to hear blasphemous and scornful words, your ears should be turned away from frivolous and foolish talk. Since My mouth was given the most bitter drink and was denied the good one, you should keep closed your mouth from all evil and open it for good. Since My hands were outstretched and pierced by nails, your deeds, which are symbolized by the hands, should be stretched out to the poor and to My commandments. Your feet, in other words, the desire with which you should walk to Me, should be crucified and abstain from all evil lusts. As I have suffered in all My limbs, so may all your limbs be ready for My service. For I demand more service of you than of other people, since I have granted more mercy to you."
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Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden - Book One: Chapter Eleven