"I am your God and Lord, Whom you worship and honor. I am the One Who upholds Heaven and earth with My power; they are not upheld by any pillars or anything else. I am the One Who is handled and offered up each day on the altar under the appearance of bread as true God and true man. I am the same One Who has chosen you. Honor My Father! Love Me! Obey My Spirit! Honor My Mother as your Lady! Honor all My saints! Keep the true faith which you shall learn by him * who experienced within himself the battle of the two spirits - the spirit of falsehood and the spirit of truth - and with my help won. Maintain true humility. What is true humility if not to behave as one really is, and to give praise to God for the good things he has given us?
But now, there are many who hate Me and My deeds, and who account My words as sorrow and vanity, but instead, with affection and love, embrace the whoremonger: the devil. Whatever they do for My sake is done with grumbling and bitterness. They would not even confess My name or serve Me, if they did not fear the opinion of other men. They love the world with such fervor that they never tire of working for it night and day, always burning with their love for it. Their service is as pleasing to Me as that of someone who gives his enemy money to kill his own son! This is what they do to Me. They give Me some alms and honor Me with their lips in order to gain worldly success and to remain in their honor and in their sin. The good spirit is therefore hindered in them and they are prevented from making any progress in doing good.
However, if you want to love Me with all your heart and to desire nothing but Me, I will draw you to Myself through love, just as a magnet draws iron to itself. I will place you on My arm, which is so strong that no one can stretch it out, and so firm that, once outstretched, no one is able to bend it back, and is so sweet that it surpasses every fragrance and is beyond comparison to any sweet thing or delight of this world.
This man whom Jesus is referring to here was the teacher of St. Bridget in Sweden. He was the holy theologian and canon of Linkoping, named Master Mathias of Sweden. He wrote an excellent commentary on the whole Bible. He was ingenuously tempted by the devil with many heresies against the Catholic faith. However, he overcame all of them with the help of Christ and could not be conquered by the devil, as is shown in the written biography of Saint Bridget. It was this Master Mathias who composed the prologue to these books which begins thus: "Stupor et mirabilia," etc. He was a holy man with great spiritual power in both word and deed. When he died in Sweden, the bride of Christ was living in Rome. While she was praying, she heard a voice saying to her in spirit: "Happy are you, Master Mathias, for the crown that has been prepared for you in Heaven! Come now to the wisdom that will never end!"
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Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden - Book One: Chapter Three