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Revelations of St. Bridget

Revelations and Prophecies Imparted to St. Bridget

Book One

          The Virgin Mary's words to the bride about how there are three things in the dance and company of the world, and about how this world is symbolized by the dance, and about Mary's suffering at her Son's death.

Chapter Twenty-seven

   The Virgin Mary, the Mother of God spoke to the bride and said: "My daughter, I want you to know that where there is a dance, there are three things: namely, empty joy, loud shouting, and useless and vain work. But when someone enters the dance house sorrowful or sad, then his friend, who attends in the joy of the dance sees his friend coming there sad and sorrowful, immediately leaves the joy of the dance and separates himself from the dance and mourns with his sorrowing friend.

   This dance is this world that is always caught up in trouble, even though it seems like joy to foolish men. In this world there are three things: empty joy, frivolous words, and useless work, because everything that a man gathers by his work he must leave behind himself. The one who joins in this worldly dance should consider my labor and sorrow and then mourn with me, who was separated from all worldly joy, and then separate himself from the world.

   At my Son's death I was like a woman whose heart had been pierced by five spears. The first spear was His shameful and blameworthy nakedness, for I saw my most beloved and mighty Son stand naked at the pillar without any clothing to cover Him at all.

   The second spear was the accusation against Him, for they accused Him of being a traitorous betrayer and liar, Him, Whom I knew to be righteous and true and never to have offended or wished to offend or injure anyone.

   The third spear was His crown of thorns that pierced His sacred head so violently that the blood flowed down into His mouth and His beard and ears.

    The fourth spear was His sorrowful voice on the cross with which He cried out to the Father, saying: 'O Father, why have you abandoned Me?' It was as if He wanted to say: 'O Father, there is no one who pities Me but You.'

   The fifth spear which pierced my heart, was His most bitter and cruel death. My heart was pierced with as many spears as the arteries from which His most precious blood flowed out of Him. In truth, the pain in His pierced sinews, arteries, feet, hands and body went mercilessly to His heart and from the heart back to His sinews; for His heart was healthy and strong and of the finest nature, and life contended long with death; and thus His life was prolonged in the midst of the most bitter pain.

   But when His death drew near and His heart burst from the unendurable pain, then His whole body shook and His head, which was bent backwards, raised itself a little. His half-closed eyes opened, and likewise His mouth was opened so that His bloodied tongue was seen. His fingers and arms, which were as if paralyzed, stretched themselves out. But when He had given up His spirit, His head sank toward His chest, His hands lowered themselves a little from the place of the wounds and His feet had to bear most of the weight of the body.

   Then my hands became numb, my eyes were darkened, and my face became pale as a dead man. My ears could hear nothing, my mouth could not speak, my feet trembled, and my body fell to the ground. When I got up from the ground and saw my Son looking horribly disfigured and more miserable than a leper, I submitted my entire will to His, knowing with certainty that everything had happened according to His will and could not have happened unless He had allowed it. I therefore thanked Him for everything, and so there was always some joy mixed with my sadness, because I saw that He, Who had never sinned, had, in His great love, wanted to suffer this much for the sins of mankind. Therefore, may all those who are in the world contemplate how I suffered when my Son died and always have it in front of their eyes and in their thoughts!"

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