"I am the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and the sea and of all the things that are in them. I am one with the Father and the Holy Ghost - not like the gods of stone nor the gods of gold, as were used by people of old, and not several gods, as people once thought - but one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three Persons but one in divine nature, the Creator of all but created by none, unchangeable and almighty, everlasting - without beginning or end. I am the one who was born of the Virgin, without losing my Divinity but joining it to my Manhood, so that I, in one person, should be the true Son of God and the Son of the Virgin. I am the one Who hung on the cross and died and was buried, yet My Divinity remained unharmed. For even though I died in the Manhood and flesh that I, the only Son, had assumed, yet I lived on in My Divinity, being one God with the Father and the Holy Spirit. I am the same one Who rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven, and Who now speaks with you in My Spirit. I have chosen you and taken you to Myself as My bride in order to show you the ways of the world and My divine secrets, for this pleases Me. You are also Mine by right; for when your husband died, you entrusted all your will into My hands and, after his death, you also thought and prayed about how you should become poor and abandon all things for My sake. For this reason, you are Mine by right because of this great love of yours, and I will provide for you because of this.
Therefore, I take you to Myself as My bride and for My Own pleasure, the kind that is becoming for God to have with a chaste soul. It is the obligation of the bride to be ready when the bridegroom wants to celebrate the wedding so that she will be properly dressed and pure. You purify yourself well if your thoughts are always on your sins, on how I cleansed you in baptism from the sin of Adam, and how often I have been patient and supported you when you fell into sin. The bride should also have the insignia of her bridegroom on her chest, which means that you should observe and take heed of the favors and good deeds which I have done for you: such as how nobly I created you by giving you a soul and body, how nobly I enriched you by giving you health and temporal things, how lovingly and sweetly I redeemed you when I died for you and restored your heavenly inheritance to you - if you want to have it. The bride should also do the will of the Bridegroom. But what is My will, except that you should want to love Me above all things and not desire anything but Me?
I created all things for the sake of mankind, and placed all things under his authority, but he loves all things except Me, and hates nothing but Me. I bought back the inheritance for him which he had lost because of his sin. But he is so foolish and without reason that he prefers this passing glory - which is like the foam of the sea that rises up for a moment like a mountain, and then quickly falls down to nothing - instead of eternal glory in which there is everlasting good.
But if you, My bride, desire nothing but Me, if you despise all things for My sake - not only your children and relatives, but also honor and riches - I will give you the most precious and lovely reward! I will not give you gold or silver, but Myself, to be your Bridegroom and reward - I, Who am the King of Glory. But if you are ashamed of being poor and despised, then consider how I, your God, walked before you, when My servants and friends abandoned Me in the world; for I was not seeking earthly friends, but heavenly friends. And if you now are troubled and afraid about the burden and difficulty of work and sickness, then consider how difficult and painful it is to burn in hell! What would you not deserve if you had offended an earthly master as you have Me? For even though I love you with all My heart, still I do not act against justice in the least point.
Therefore, as you have sinned in all your limbs, so shall you also make satisfaction and penance in every limb. But, because of your good will and your purpose of atoning for your sins, I shall change My justice into mercy by foregoing painful punishment for but a little penance. Therefore, embrace and take upon yourself a little work, so that you may be made clean of sin and reach the great reward sooner. For the bride should grow tired working alongside her bridegroom so that she may all the more confidently take her rest with him."
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Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden - Book One: Chapter Two