The bride saw a saint speaking to God, saying: "Why is the soul of this woman so afflicted by the devil when You have redeemed her by Your blood?"
The devil replied instantly and said: "Because she is mine by right."
Then our Lord said: "With what right is she yours?"
The devil answered: "There are two ways; one leads to the kingdom of Heaven and the other to hell. When she saw these two ways, her conscience and reason told her that she should choose my way. And since she had a free will for choosing the way that she wanted, it seemed to her more beneficial to turn her will toward committing sin, and so she began to walk on my way.
Thereafter, I deceived her with three sins: namely, gluttony, love of money, and sensuality. Consequently, I now dwell in her belly and in her nature, and I hold her with five hands. With the first hand I hold her eyes, so she will not see spiritual things. With my second hand I hold her hands, so she will not do any good deeds. With the third hand I hold her feet, so she will not walk to that which is good. With the fourth hand I hold her reason and understanding, so she will not be ashamed to sin. And with the fifth hand I hold her heart, so she will not return to the right way through remorse and penance."
Then the Blessed Virgin Mary said to her dear Son: "My beloved Son, compel him to tell the truth about the things I want to ask him."
The Son said: "You are My Mother, you are the Queen of Heaven and the Mother of mercy, you are the consolation of the souls in Purgatory and the joy of those who make their way in the world; you are the Mistress of the angels and the most Holy before God, and you are also in authority over the devil. Therefore, command this devil what you want, and he will answer you."
Then the Holy Virgin Mary asked the devil, saying: "Tell me, devil, what intention had this woman before she entered the church?"
The devil answered her: "She had an intention to abstain from sin."
Then the Virgin Mary said to the devil: "Since the will that she previously had led her to hell, tell me now, where does the will that she presently has lead her - namely, her will to abstain from sin?"
The devil answered reluctantly: "This will of abstaining from sin leads her toward Heaven."
Then the Virgin Mary said: "Because you accepted that it was your just right to lead her away from the way of the Holy Church because of her former will to sin, then it is now right and just that her present will shall lead her back to the Church and to the mercy of God. But now, devil, I will ask you another question. Tell me, what intention does she have in her present state of conscience?"
The devil answered: "She has remorse in her mind for the things she has done, and great sadness, and resolves to never again commit such sins but wants to amend as much as she is able."
Then the Virgin Mary asked the devil: "Tell me, could these three sins, namely, sensuality, gluttony, and greed, exist together in a heart at the same time as the three good deeds of remorse, sorrow, and the resolution to improve oneself?"
The devil answered: "No."
The Holy Virgin Mary then said: "Therefore, tell me, which of these should flee and vanish from her heart, the three virtues or the three vices and sins; for you are saying that they cannot occupy the same heart or place together."
The devil said: "I say that the sins must give way."
Then the Virgin Mary answered: "Therefore, the way to hell is closed to her and the way to the kingdom of Heaven is open." Now the Holy Virgin Mary asked the devil further: "Tell me, if a robber was waiting outside the house of the bride and wanted to rob and rape her, what should the bridegroom do?"
The devil answered: "If the bridegroom is good and noble-minded, he should defend her and risk his life for her life."
The Virgin Mary then said: "You are the wicked robber, and the soul is my Son's bride, for He redeemed her with His own blood. You violated and seized her by force. But since my Son is the Bridegroom of the soul and Lord over you, then it is right for you to flee from Him."
This woman was a harlot. She wanted to return to the world because the devil tormented her day and night, so much so that he visibly pressed down her eyes, and in the sight of many, dragged her out of bed. Saint Bridget then said openly in the presence and hearing of many trustworthy men: "Move away, devil, for you have troubled and occupied this creature of God enough!" After she had said this, the woman laid a half hour as if dead with her eyes to the ground, and then she got up and said: "In truth, I saw the devil going out through the window in the most hideous of shapes, and I heard a voice saying to me: 'You are in truth liberated from the devil, woman!'" From that moment on, this woman was delivered from all impatience and suffering and was no longer tormented by impure thoughts, and then she died a good death.
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Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden - Book One: Chapter Sixteen