I, Who lay in your womb and assumed Manhood from you, liken Myself with this staff. First, I am as terrifying to My enemies as the snake was to Moses. For they flee from Me as from the sight of a snake, and they are terrified of Me and abhor Me like a venomous snake; and yet I am without the venom of malice and am instead all full of mercy. I allow Myself to be held by them, if they want. I return to them if they search for Me. I run to them like a mother to her lost and recovered son, if they call on Me. I give them My mercy and forgive their sins, if they cry out to Me. This is what I do for them, and yet they abhor Me like a venomous snake.
Second, the ocean was divided by this staff when the way to Heaven, which was closed for the sake of sin, was opened through the shedding of My blood and My pain. The ocean was indeed divided and a way was made, where there before had been no way, when the pain in all My limbs went to My heart, and My heart burst from the violence of the pain. Later, when the people had been led through the ocean, Moses did not lead them to the promised land immediately but to the desert, so that they would be tested and instructed there. This is how it is now, for when the people have accepted My faith and My commandments, they are not led into Heaven immediately; for it is necessary that men should be tested in the desert - that is, in the world - as to how much they love God.
However, the people provoked God into anger by three things in the desert: First, because they made an idol and prayed to it. Second, because they longed after the fleshpots that they had in the land of Egypt and third, through their pride, when they, without the will of God, wanted to go and fight against their enemies. People sin against Me even now in the world in the same way.
First, they honor and worship an idol: for they love the world and all the things in it more than Me, Who AM their Creator. Therefore, the world is their god, and not I. For I said in My gospel: "Where a man's treasure is, there his heart is also." So, mankind's treasure is the world, since their heart yearns towards it and not to Me. Therefore, just as the Jews fell in the desert with a sword in their bodies, so too shall these people fall with the sword of eternal damnation in their soul and they shall live in damnation without end.
Second, they sinned through their longing for fleshpots. I gave mankind everything he needed to use in an honorable and moderate way, but he wants to have all things without moderation and reason. For, if his bodily nature could bear it, he would without end have sex, drink without restraint, desire without measure and limit, and, as long as he could sin, he would never desist from sin. Therefore, the same thing will happen to them that happened to the Jews in the desert, that is, they will die a sudden death in their body. For what is this temporal life other than a single moment compared to eternity? For this reason, they shall die a sudden death in their bodies to be torn away from this short life and live with torment in their souls for all eternity.
Third, they sinned in the desert through their pride, since they wanted to go to battle without God's will. Likewise, people want to go to Heaven through their pride, and they do not trust in Me but in themselves, doing their own will and abandoning mine. Therefore, they shall be killed in their souls by devils just as the Jews were killed by their enemies, and their torment shall be everlasting. They thus hate Me like a snake, worship an idol instead of Me, long for their own desires more than Me, and love their own pride instead of My humility. Yet, I am still so merciful that I will turn to them like a loving father and take them to Me if they turn to Me with a repentant heart.
Third, the rock gave water through this staff. This rock is the hard heart of mankind, for if it is pierced with My fear and love, there immediately flow tears of repentance and penance out of it. No one is so unworthy and no one is so evil that he will not have tears flowing from his eyes and all his limbs awakened to devotion if he turns to Me in a heartfelt contemplation of My suffering and bethinks how My power and goodness makes the earth and trees bear fruit.
Second, the manna of angels lay in the ark of Moses. So, too, in you My beloved Mother and Virgin, lay the bread of angels and of holy souls and of righteous men on earth, whom nothing pleases but My sweetness; for all of the world is dead to them, so that they would gladly go even without bodily nourishment if it were My will.
Third, in the ark were the tablets of the Law. So, too, in you lay the Lord of all laws. Therefore, may you be blessed above everything created in Heaven and on earth!"
Then Christ spoke to His bride and said: "Tell my friends three things. When I was bodily in the world, I adjusted my words so that good men were made stronger and more fervent in doing good things, and evil men became better, as was seen in the conversion of Magdalene, Matthew, and many others. I also adjusted My words so that My enemies were not able to refute them. For that reason, may they to whom My words are sent, work with fervor, so that through My words, the good may become more ardent in goodness, the evil repent from wickedness, and that they themselves be on guard against My enemies so that My words are not obstructed. In truth, I do no greater injustice to the devil than to the angels in Heaven. For if I wanted, I could speak my words so that the whole world hears them. I could also open up hell so that everyone may see its torments, but this would not be justice, since all men would then serve Me out of fear, when they should serve Me out of love. For no other than the one who has love shall enter the kingdom of Heaven. For I would be doing injustice to the devil if I took away from him one who is rightfully his, because of sin, and who is devoid of good deeds. I would also do injustice to the angel in Heaven, if I placed the spirit of an unclean man as an equal to the one who is pure and most fervent in My love.
Therefore, no one shall enter Heaven, but the one who has been purged like gold in the fire of Purgatory or who has proved himself over a long duration of time in good deeds on earth so that there is no stain in him left to be purged away. If you do not know to whom My words should be sent, I will tell you: The one who is worthy to have My words is the one who wants to gain merit through good deeds in order to come to the kingdom of Heaven or who already has deserved it with their good deeds in the past. To such as these shall My words be opened up to and enter into them. Those who have a taste for My words and who humbly hope that their names are written in the Book of Life keep My words. But those who have no have taste for My words, consider them first, but then throw up and vomit them out immediately."
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Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden - Book One: Chapter Fifty-three