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Revelations of St. Bridget

Revelations and Prophecies Imparted to St. Bridget

Book One

          The angelic host's words of praise to God, and about how children would have been born if the first parents had not sinned, and about how God showed miracles to the people through Moses and also later through Himself to us on His Own coming; and about the breakdown of the bodily marriage in this time, and the conditions of a spiritual marriage.

Chapter Twenty-six

   The angelic host was seen standing before God, and the entire host said: "Praised and honored be you, Lord God, who are and were without end! We are Your servants and we praise and honor You for a threefold reason: First, because You created us to rejoice with You and gave us an indescribable light in which to rejoice forever.

   Second, because all things are created and maintained by Your goodness and constancy, and all things stand according to Your will and remain through Your word.

   Third, because You created mankind and took Manhood for their sake! We rejoice greatly for this Manhood, and also for Your most chaste Mother who was worthy to bear You whom the heavens cannot comprehend and enclose. Therefore, Your honor and blessing are above all things for the dignity of the angels that You have exalted greatly in honor. May Your everlasting eternity and constancy be over all things that are and can be constant! May Your love be over mankind whom You created! O Lord God, You alone should be feared for Your great power, You alone should be desired for Your great love, You alone should be loved for Your constancy. May all praise and honor be to You forever without end. Amen!"

   Then our Lord answered: "You honor Me worthily for every created creature. But, tell Me, why do you praise Me for mankind which has provoked Me to wrath more than any other creature? I created him more superior and dignified than all the lower creatures under the sky, and for none else did I suffer such indignities as for mankind and none was redeemed at so great a cost. Or what creature does not abide by its created order other than man? He inflicts Me more with sorrow than any other creature. For just as I created you to praise and honor Me, so I made man to honor Me. I gave him a body like a spiritual temple, and I made and placed the soul in it like a beautiful angel, for the human soul has power and strength like an angel. In this temple, I, the God and Creator of mankind, wished to be like the third so that he would enjoy Me and find delight in Me. Then I made him another temple, similar to himself, out of his rib.

   But now, My bride, for whose sake all these things are being said and shown, you might ask, how children would have been born by them if they had not sinned? I shall answer you: In truth, by the love of God and the mutual devotion and union of the flesh wherein they both would have been set on fire internally, love's blood would have sown its seed in the woman's body without any shameful lust, and so the woman would have become fertile. Once the child was conceived without sin and lustful desire, I would have sent a soul into the child from My divinity, and the woman would have carried the child and given birth to it without pain. When the child was born, it would have been perfect like Adam when he was first created. But this honor was despised by man when he obeyed the devil and coveted a greater honor than I had given to him. After the disobedience was enacted, My angel came over them and they were ashamed over their nakedness, and they immediately experienced the lust and desire of the flesh and suffered hunger and thirst. Then they also lost Me, for when they had Me, they did not feel any hunger or sinful fleshly lust or shame, but I alone was all their good and pleasure and perfect delight.

   But when the devil rejoiced over their perdition and fall, I was moved with compassion for them and did not abandon them but showed them a threefold mercy: I clothed them when they were naked and gave them bread from the earth. And for the sensuality the devil had aroused in them after their disobedience, I gave and created souls in their seed through My Divinity. And all the evil the devil tempted them with, I turned to good for them entirely.

   Thereafter, I showed them how to live and worship Me, and I gave them permission to have relations, because before my permission and the enunciation of My will they were stricken with fear and were afraid to unite and have relations. Likewise, when Abel was killed and they were in mourning for a long time and observing abstinence, I was moved with compassion and comforted them. And when they understood My will, they began again to have relations and to procreate children, from which family I, their Creator, promised to be born. When the wickedness of the children of Adam grew, I showed My justice to the sinful, but mercy to My elect; of these I was appeased so that I kept them from destruction and raised them up, because they kept My commandments and believed in My promises.

   When the time of mercy came, I showed My mighty miracles and works through Moses and saved My people according to My promise. I fed them with angel manna and went before them in a pillar of cloud and fire. I gave them My Law and revealed to them My secrets and the future through My prophets. Thereafter, I, the Creator of all things, chose for Myself a virgin born of a father and mother; and from her did I take human nature and condescended to be born of her without sin. Just like the first children would have been born in paradise through the divine love of their father's and mother's mutual love and affection without any shameful lust, so My Divinity took Manhood from a virgin without any shameful lust and without hindering or damaging her virginity.

   I came in the flesh as true God and man and fulfilled the Old Law and all the scriptures just as it earlier had been prophesied about Me, and I initiated the New Law, for the Old Law was narrow and hard to bear and was nothing but a figure of future things to come. For in the Old Law it had been allowed for a man to have several wives, so that the people would not be left without any offspring or would have to intermarry with the Gentiles. But in My New Law it is permitted for one man to have one wife, and it is forbidden for him during her lifetime to have several wives. Those who unite with divine love and fear for the sake of procreation and to raise children for the honor of God are My spiritual temple where I wish to dwell as the third with them.

   But people in this age are joined in marriage for seven reasons: First, because of facial beauty; second, because of wealth; third, because of the despicable pleasure and indecent joy they get out of their impure intercourse; fourth, because of feasts with friends and uncontrolled gluttony; fifth, because of vanity in clothing and eating, in joking and entertainment and games and other vanities; sixth, for the sake of procreating children but not to raise them for the honor of God or good works but for worldly riches and honor; and seventh, they come together for the sake of lust and they are like brute beasts in their lustful desires. [1]

   They come to the doors of My church with one mind and consent, but all their desires and inner thoughts are completely against Me. They prefer their own will, which aims at pleasing the world, instead of My will. If all their thoughts and wishes were directed toward Me, and if they entrusted their will into My hands and entered into wedlock in fear of Me, then I would give them My consent and be as the third with them. But now is My consent, which should be their most precious thing, gone from them, because they have lust in their heart and not My love. Thereafter, they go up to My altar where they hear that they should be one heart and one soul, but then My heart flees from them because they have not the warmth of My heart and know not the taste of My body.

   They seek the warmth and sexual lust that will perish and love the flesh that will be eaten by worms. Therefore do such people join in marriage without the bond and union of God the Father and without the Son's love and without the Holy Spirit's consolation. When the couple comes to the bed, My Spirit leaves them immediately and the spirit of impurity approaches instead because they only come together for the sake of lust and do not discuss or think about anything else with each other. But My mercy is still with them if they will be converted to Me. Because of My great love, I place a living soul created by My power into their seed. Sometimes I let evil parents give birth to good children, but more often, evil children are born of evil parents, since these children imitate the evil and unrighteous deeds of their parents as much as they are able and would imitate it even more if My patience allowed them. Such a married couple will never see My face unless they repent. For there is no sin so heavy or grave that penitence and repentance does not wash it away.

   For that reason, I wish to turn to the spiritual marriage, the kind that is appropriate for God to have with a chaste soul and chaste body. There are seven good things in it opposed to the evils mentioned above: First, there is no desire for beauty of form or bodily beauty or lustful sights, but only for the sight and love of God.

    Second, there is no desire to possess anything else than what is needed to survive, and just the necessities with nothing in excess.

   Third, they avoid vain and frivolous talk.

   Fourth, they do not care about seeing friends or relatives, but I am their love and desire.

   Fifth, they desire to keep the humility inwardly in their conscience and outwardly in the way they dress.

    Sixth, they never have any will of leading lustful lives.

    Seventh, they beget sons and daughters for their God through their good behavior and good example and through the preaching of spiritual words.

   They preserve their faith undefiled when they stand outside the doors of My church where they give Me their consent and I give them Mine. They go up to My altar when they enjoy the spiritual delight of My Body and Blood in which delight they wish to be of one heart and one body and one will with Me, and I, true God and man, mighty in Heaven and on earth, shall be as the third with them and will fill their heart.

   The worldly spouses begin their marriage in lustful desires like brute beasts, and even worse than brute beasts! But these spiritual spouses begin in love and fear of God and do not bother to please anyone but Me. The evil spirit fills and incites those in the worldly marriage to carnal lust where there is nothing but unclean stench, but those in the spiritual marriage are filled with My Spirit and inflamed with the fire of My love that will never fail them.

   I am one God in three Persons, and one in Divinity with the Father and the Holy Ghost. Just as it is impossible for the Father to be separated from the Son and the Spirit to be separated from them both, and as it is impossible for warmth to be separated from fire, so it is impossible for these spiritual spouses to be separated from Me; I am always as the third with them. Once My body was ravaged and died in torments, but it will never more be hurt or die. Likewise, those who are incorporated into Me with a true faith and a perfect will shall never die away from Me; for wherever they stand or sit or walk, I am always as the third with them."

Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden - Book One: Chapter Twenty-six