When His enemies crucified Him, they did four things to Him: First, they crowned Him with a crown of thorns. Second, they pierced His hands and feet. Third, they gave Him gall to drink. Fourth, they pierced His side.
But now I complain that the enemies of my Son, who are now in the world, crucify him more cruelly in a spiritual sense than the Jews who crucified His body. For even though the divinity is unable to suffer and die, still they crucify Him through their own vices and sins. For if a man insults and injures an image of his enemy, the image does not feel the damage done to it; nevertheless, the perpetrator should be accused and judged for his evil intention to do harm as though it was a deed. In the same way, the vices and sins by which they crucify my Son spiritually are more abominable and heavy to Him than the vices of those who crucified His body.
But now you may ask: 'How do they crucify Him?' First off, they fasten Him on the cross they have prepared for Him when they do not heed the commandments of their Creator and Lord, but dishonor Him when He warns them through His servants to serve Him, and they despise this and instead do what pleases them.
Then they crucify His right hand when they hold justice to be as injustice, saying: 'Sin is not so heavy and abominable to God as it is said. God does not punish anyone for all eternity; He only threatens us with these hard things to scare us. Why else would He redeem man if He wanted us to perish?' They do not consider that the least little sin a man finds delight in is enough to damn him to an eternal torment, and that God does not let the least little sin go unpunished, just like He does not let the least little good deed go unrewarded.
Therefore, they shall be tormented for all eternity because of their constant intention of sinning, and my Son, Who sees the heart, counts that as a deed. For they would fulfill their will with deeds if my Son tolerated or allowed it. Then they crucify His left hand when they turn virtue into sin and the will to continue in sin until the end, saying: 'If we just once say at the end of our life, "O God, have mercy on me," God's mercy is so great that we will be forgiven.' But this is not virtue - to want to sin without bettering oneself, and wanting to receive a reward without having to work for it, not unless a real contrition is found in the heart that the man wants to change if only he could do so were it not for illness or some other hindrance.
Thereafter, they crucify His feet when they take pleasure in sinning without once thinking of my Son's bitter suffering or without once thanking Him from their inmost heart with words like these: 'My Lord and God, how bitter Your suffering was, praise and honor be to You for Your death' - such words are never heard from their mouth.
They then crown Him with the crown of derision when they mock His servants and consider it useless to serve Him. They give Him gall to drink when they rejoice and glory in sin. And not once does the thought arise in their heart of how grave and manifold and dangerous this sin is.
They pierce his side when they have the will to continue in sin.
In truth, I tell you - and you can say this to my friends - that such people are more unjust in the sight of my Son than those who judged Him, more unkind than those who crucified Him, more shameless than those who sold Him, and they shall therefore receive a greater torment than the others. Pilate knew very well that my Son had not sinned and did not deserve to die. But he, nonetheless, felt compelled to judge my Son to death because he feared the loss of his worldly power and the revolt of the Jews. But what would these have to fear if they served my Son, or what honor or dignity would they lose if they honored Him? They will therefore be judged with a more severe sentence than Pilate's, for they are worse than him in my Son's sight. For Pilate judged Him because of the request and will of others and due to fear, but these judge Him for their own advantage and without any fear when they dishonor Him by committing the sin that they could abstain from if they wanted. But they do not abstain from sin nor are they ashamed of the sins that they have done, for they do not consider that they are unworthy of the good deeds of the One Whom they do not serve.
They are also worse than Judas, for when Judas had betrayed his Lord, he knew very well that He was God and that he had sinned heavily against Him, but he despaired and hastened his days toward hell, thinking himself to be unworthy to live. But these know their sin very well and yet they continue in it without feeling any remorse about it in their hearts. They want to take the kingdom of Heaven with violence and power when they think they can get it, not through their good deeds but through a vain hope, but it is only given to those who work and suffer something for the sake of God.
They are also worse than those who crucified my Son. For when these saw the good works of my Son, namely, the raising of the dead and the cleansing of leapers, they thought to themselves: 'This man does unheard of and extraordinary miracles. He overcomes anyone He wants with a word, He knows all our thoughts, and He does whatever He wants. If He is successful, we will all have to submit to His power and become His subjects.' Therefore, in order to avoid being subjected to Him, they crucified Him because of their envy. But if they had known that He was the King of glory, they never would have crucified Him.
But these people see His great deeds and miracles everyday, and they take advantage of His good deeds and hear how they should serve Him and come to Him, but they think to themselves: 'If we must leave all our temporal belongings and follow His will and not our own, it would be heavy and unbearable.' They despise His will so that it should not be placed over their own will, and crucify my Son through their hardened heart when they add sin upon sin against their conscience. They are worse than those who crucified my Son, for the Jews did it for the sake of envy and because they did not know that He was God, but these know Him to be God, and yet, in their own malice and presumption and greed, they crucify Him spiritually more cruelly than the Jews did physically. For they themselves have been redeemed, but the Jews had not yet been redeemed. Therefore, my bride, obey my Son and fear Him, for just as He is merciful, He is also just."
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Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden - Book One: Chapter Thirty-seven